BERNARDS TWP., NJ -- The Bernards Township police will host another Coffee With A Cop, with an open invitation to the community scheduled for 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Dewy Meadows Dunkin' coffee shop off King George Road.
At least six officers in attendance for the event, and Dunkin’ has agreed to provide coffee for anyone who mentions "Coffee With A Cop" while there, Officer Phil Jasina said beforehand.
"Our officers will be mingling with the attendees and will be available for any conversation...be it law enforcement related or not," Jasina said. "We understand when our residents call 911, they are usually facing a difficult time in their life. We hope an event like this provides for the opportunity to talk casually and maintain the relationship we have with our community."
The opportunity for sit downs with local police officers _ has previously been held in such settings as Ridge High School _ has allowed residents to join the police and other neighbors for "coffee and conversation."
"Coffee With A Cop" is a national organization that has the goal of building relationships between the police and the community "to discuss issues and to learn more about each other."
Helicopter landing planned
Jasina said police have also arranged for a planned landing at 11 a.m. that day by the NJ State Police Medevac helicopter, which responds to emergencies to airlift patients. Members of other emergency services agencies will be there as well, he said.
The mission of Coffee With A Cop is "to break down the barriers between police officers and the citizens they serve by removing agendas and allowing opportunities to ask questions, voice concerns, and to get to know the officers in your community," according to information posted on the Bernards Township website.