Story by Janmarie Foschini
The Warwick Police Department held their third annual “Coffee with a Cop” event on Wed., Oct. 4 at the Tuscan Café, located at 5 South St. in Warwick. Tuscan Cafe owner Cristie Ranieri graciously opened the doors to her cafe to host this event.
“The Tuscan Cafe has always been strong supporters of our local Police Department. We are happy to have the police meet with residents at the Café,” said Cristie Ranieri.
The event was held on the Second Annual National Coffee with a Cop Day in conjunction with other agencies throughout the Country. Several members of the Warwick PD attended the event as well as Assemblyman Karl Brabenec, Town Councilman Floyd DeAngelo and many local residents.
Residents took this opportunity in a casual setting to meet the officers and to speak to them one-on-one or in small groups regarding traffic and safety concerns at intersections and on other topics. Some residents simply took this opportunity to get to know their local Police Officers or to simply thank them for their service and dedication to the community. This is a great opportunity to join law enforcement and community members together.
“This concept has really caught on the last three years. The Officers look forward to meeting with the residents and listening to their concerns about the community and getting to them better. We really appreciate all the support we receive from the community and looking forward to our next event in a few months,” said Lt. John Rader.
“Coffee with a Cop” began in Hawthorne, CA in 2011 by members of the Hawthorne Police Department. The police force was looking for ways to successfully interact with community members. The program has grown tremendously since then with events being held in all fifty states. It has also expanded to Canada, Europe, Australia and Africa.