This is a really good idea and it is great to see the 103rd precinct (my precinct and one of the best in the city) doing this here in Jamaica. Back in October they initiated a community policy program, which assigns neighborhood coordination officers(NCO’s)in areas in Jamaica and Hollis, in order to get to know local residents and their problems. I have already got to know mine and they have been really great, especially the illegal truck driving on my residential street. The article states that some of them will be at this event this coming Wednesday (12.21.16) at 11:00am to 2:30pm. Hopefully they will have more and some in the evenings.
This is all kind of old school, the way policing was like when I was growing up. Sometimes “old school” is best.
From DNAInfo New York:
Chat With Local Police Officers Over Coffee at Jamaica Starbucks
The 103rd Precinct will host its first “Coffee with a Cop” event this Wednesday at Starbucks.
QUEENS — Jamaica police officers want to chat with residents over a cup of joe.
The 103rd Precinct, which covers Jamaica and Hollis, will host its first “Coffee with a Cop” — an informal event allowing residents to discuss their problems with officers while sipping a cup of coffee at a local Starbucks this Wednesday.
“It will allow community members’ access to uniformed personnel in an informal setting and provide an opportunity to converse with officers freely,” the precinct wrote in an email sent out to residents.
The initiative is the latest in a series of steps the precinct has taken to improve its relationship with the community.
In October, it also launched a new community policing program which assigns several “neighborhood coordination officers,” or NCOs, to specific geographic beats in Jamaica and Hollis, in order to get to know local residents and their problems.
Some of the NCOs will be present at the event, the precinct said.
Similar events have been held throughout the country since 2011.
The program, which according to the precinct “is one of the most successful community oriented policing programs across the country,” has also expanded to other countries, including Canada and Australia.
“The key to Coffee with a Cop’s growing success is that it opens the door for interactions outside of the crisis situations that typically bring law enforcement officers and community members together,” the precinct wrote in its email.
The “Coffee with a Cop” event will take place on Wed., Dec. 21 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Starbucks at 89-02 Sutphin Blvd. Coffee will be complimentary to all who participate.