SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — It’s a national holiday, and Syracuse is not missing out on the fun. The Syracuse Police Department took part in National Coffee with a Cop Day on Wednesday.
The day is dedicated to encouraging communication and positive interactions between law enforcement agencies and the public over a cup of coffee. Officers met with people at multiple spots around the city for a chance to hear their concerns and gain their trust.
“We don’t have an opportunity when we’re responding to an emergency service call to really break down barriers and this is an opportunity for that, to say hey we’re here for you, we care about you on a different level,” said Officer Liz Helterline.
“It gives us an opportunity to do something non-enforcement, which we think is important toward building bridges and trust in our community,” said Syracuse Police Chief Kenton Buckner.
Also at the event was Riley, a pit mix that was rescued by the Syracuse Police Department. They are hoping to find Riley is fur-ever home. If you’re interested, you can call Barks and Rec in Cicero at (315) 214-8122.
The first National Coffee with a Cop Day took place in 2016. The police department in Hawthorne, California first introduced the idea in 2011.
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