Story by Lon Tytell
Mark and Roz Kennedy, owners of Derosa’s Deli in Merchant Square, located at 42 Ronald Reagan Blvd. in Warwick, served as the hosts of the ‘Coffee with a Cop’ event which was held on Sat., Apr. 29. This is the third year that the Warwick Town Police has offered this program. At the event residents had a chance to ask questions, voice their concerns, and get to meet the officers who serve the Warwick community.
Several retired Warwick Police Officers attended the event and shared their experiences. Retired police officer Doug Freund, who partnered with retired Sgt. George Arnott when they were police officers, recalled his first six months on the job. He remembers handling a lot of burglaries calls and assault cases.
“The best part of being a Warwick Police Officer was helping all who needed it and to assist any crime victims in dealing with the process,” said George Arnott, who was a Warwick Police Officer from June 1966 to June 2002. “I met old friends, met new ones, and continued to stay connected to the community.”
Jim Carton who retired after 28 years of service on the police force and 28 years as a sixth grade science teacher in the Warwick Valley School District reflected on his experiences.
“I had two of the best jobs in the world. I had the opportunity to teach great kids in sixth grade science during the day and had a rewarding job as police officer in the evening, weekends and summer,” said Carton.
Danielle Barbour spoke to the Warwick Police Officers who attended the event about how “Safe Space America” could work with them to create programs to make the community safer. The new sticker logo, “Safe Space America,” was given to the Police Department.
She also spoke about the video, “13 Reasons Why Not,” which helps with suicide prevention. Sam Knowles who had filmed an independent documentary about the blue line last year as a positive community program came to the event to show her support of the services provided by the Warwick Police Department.
Also showing their support for local police were Town Deputy Supervisor James Gerstner, Councilman Floyd DeAngelo and his wife, Judge Nancy DeAngelo, who brought muffins. And once again the Bruderhof Bellvale Community showed their support by bringing delicious cookies to share with everyone.