Johnston residents recently dished out casual conversations with some of Johnston’s finest at Pizzaria Romana during the Johnston Police Department’s first Pizza with the Police event.
Following on the success of the Coffee with A Cop program late last year, the event held on Thursday, June 24, was designed as an easy way for police to interact with the citizens that they serve. The Johnston Police Department believes that community oriented programs like these open the door for interactions outside of crisis situations that usually bring law enforcement and the public together.
“This initiative is an informal way for us to meet and interact with the community we proudly serve,” said Johnston Police Chief Joseph Razza.
Billed as a casual event without an agenda or speeches, Johnston’s well-attended, hour-long gathering provided residents and kids with a chance to ask members of the police department questions, voice concerns, and get to know the officers that serve their neighborhoods.
Residents like Veek Rachdouni, who moved to Johnston in September and attended with his daughters Alayna and Amelia, said he was an avid supporter of the police and wanted to teach his children to have the same values. He also asked questions regarding fireworks, which he was concerned about.
Catherine Geribo attended the event with her three children, Seraphina, Caius, and Gabriella, who gave a hand drawn thank you card to Chief Razza. They then sat with the chief and peppered him with questions about police work and making arrests.
“As chief of police, I can’t thank the residents enough for coming out and showing their support for the Johnston Police department and socializing with us,” said Razza. “It was truly a great evening and I would also like to extend my gratitude to Luciano Canova for being such a wonderful community partner and host.”