by Rhonda Massad
Coffee with a Cop brings police officers and the community members they serve together–over coffee–to discuss issues and learn more about each other.
Baie-D’Urfé, Beaconsfield, Kirkland, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue and Senneville residents were invited to a relatively new program initiated by the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) to come out and have a coffee at Tim Horton’s in Beaconsfield on January 27.
Beaconsfield Citizen’s Association President Al Gardner and Vice President Marcel Roux, both Neighbourhood Watch ambassadors, braved the January temperatures to support the efforts of the Station 1 team to open up to the community. On the lips of locals was topics of security, youth and traffic. Some just popped by to say thank you to the officers in blue who are normally seen on official duty.
Uzma Gilani, Community Organizer for Table de quartier sud de l’Ouest-de-l’Île spent some quality time with SPVM Community Police Officer Giovanni Di Legge in an attempt to understand the safety needs of the youth in the district.
The Coffee with a Cop project provides another opportunity for SPVM officers to talk face-to-face with residents about their needs, expectations and ideas. The meetings also allow the SPVM to make contact with certain groups who might be reluctant to approach an officer in the street or call their neighbourhood station to ask questions. This direct contact allow the organization to gather information, identify problems and propose solutions.