April 22, 2015
Woodland Police Officers spent a part of their morning today enjoying coffee and conversing with community members at McDonalds on East Main. Twelve Police Officers along with our Crime Prevention Specialist and one of our Volunteers in Policing took part in the Department’s third Coffee with a Cop this year.
Citizens were both pleased and surprised to see our officers serving them coffee and sitting down with them. They expressed their appreciation for the outreach. Officers Drobish and Ruiz took turns at the drive-thru window while Officer Moe roamed the dining area with a pot of coffee offering refills and Officer Bell served cookies.
Community members had opportunities to have one on one conversation with the officers. A business owner had a chance to discuss burglary and theft problems he has been experiencing with this business. One of our officers offered extra patrol around the immediate area. The same officer also arranged to meet with the business owner later in the day to provide Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) suggestions for making his business less attractive to thieves.
Our Crime Prevention Specialist Mini Garcia sat with a group of Spanish-speaking residents who were apprehensive at first. Their impression of police officers is that they are uptight and rude. Having officers serve them with a smile made a positive impression. Mini conversed with them in Spanish, effectively putting them at ease by breaking down the language barrier.
The Woodland Police Department is committed to establishing a strong relationship with the community. Public safety is our goal and a dynamic and vital partnership with the community is critical to reaching that goal. We are committed to hosting Coffee with a Cop regularly and look forward to interacting with more community members.
Keep posted via our Facebook page and look out for the next Coffee with a Cop date! We plan on scheduling one in the evening and possibly the weekend to reach out to more members of our community.
Consider partnering with us by joining the Volunteers in Policing (ViP) program or establishing a Neighborhood Watch group in your block! Contact Mini Garcia (email@example.com; 661-7875) for more info.