‘Coffee with Cops’ events help police, Johnston community forge connections


Classic community connections!

That’s what the Johnston Police Department added to its already long list of ways to bring residents closer together during “Coffee with Cops,” which was held at two different locations last week.

For starters, a host of JPD officers – headed by Chief Joseph P. Razza – accepted an invitation from Starbucks, which is located at 1412 Atwood Ave., to host the first meeting, while the second session took place at the Brewed Awakenings Coffee House at 1577 Atwood Ave. in the Cherry Hill Shopping Plaza.

“‘Coffee with a Cop’ is the perfect way to interact with people of the community,” assessed Razza, who doubles as Johnston’s emergency management director. “This program brings members of the community together in a unique way – as well as over coffee – to discuss issues and learn more about each other.”

Both events were termed “successful,” as the community conscious chief noted, “and there were people of all ages who enjoyed different conversations with each of our officers.”

Razza, in fact, enjoyed meeting with Victoria Salguero and Milani Cueva, age 5, during “Coffee with Cops” at Brewed Awakenings. Also, a number of JPD officers enjoyed presenting a certificate of appreciation to manager Chrystal Brunt for hosting the meeting.

While Razza also enjoyed working the drive-thru window, Officer Thomas Santurri and Lt. David Loffler joined Owen Dias, age 5, who was more than happy to show off his colorful “Crime Fighter Junior” shirt.

The chief also explained that last week’s two sessions that were part of “National Coffee with a Cop Day” that is designed specifically to provide residents with a chance to speak to offers about neighborhood and safety concerns.

“We truly appreciate Starbucks and Brewed Awakenings for facilitating the venues for these outreach events,” Razza said. “It is these types of events that build trust in a casual atmosphere.”


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