Coffee with a Cop in Crestview, Wed. Feb.13th

There’s many ways a resident can share a concern — or compliment — with the community’s Police Department. Send an email, comment on Facebook, drop a note in the mail, give a call or even visit in person at the agency’s Whitehurst Municipal Building of?ces. But many residents prefer the informality of sitting down with Chief Jamie Grant, Deputy Chief Lisa Sprague and some of their of?cers over a free cup of coffee at the bimonthly Coffee With a Cop. The year’s ?rst Coffee With a Cop is 8-10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13 at Casbah Coffee Company. Owners Tracy and Bill Toannon will have the coffee on and welcome residents who’d like to sit down with their police of?cers and share what’s on their minds. During past such events, the conversation in the large back room ?owed as freely as the free java in the nearby carafe. “It’s a time to come share what’s on your mind,” Chief Grant said. “Get a cup of coffee, pull up a chair and let’s talk about it.” Topics often include concerns about drug activity, people speeding through quiet neighborhoods, red light runners, praise for of?cers’ prompt response to calls for service, the city’s decreasing crime rate, and even problems outside the Police Department’s purview, such as traf?c issues on local state highways. “Some things we can address right away,” Chief Grant said. “Some don’t fall under us, but we know who to talk to about it and we’re glad to start the conversation.”

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