'Coffee With A Cop' connects community

October 02, 2019 02:52 PM

WATERVLIET – He created his "coffee" online account and "poured" it all together just a couple of days before the national event took place. Police Chief Anthony Geraci served up "Coffee With A Cop" as the fourth annual day was recognized Wednesday.

"It's really about connecting with the community, creating those positive interactions and it's a great opportunity for us to meet new people, new residents and neighbors," Geraci said.


Besides Watervliet, "Coffee With A Cop" was held in Albany and Pittsfield, Mass. The idea is to spark conversation and break down barriers between the community and officers.

"I think people are receptive to meeting the officers and interacting with them and the more the officers are out and on the street and interacting with the community," said businessman Jeff Collett. "Watervliet's a great place to live."

Said Albany's Police Chief Eric Hawkins, whose city has seen several shootings over the past few days: "There's a lot of stress in our country, there's some tension in some parts of our country between police and members of the community, so this is an opportunity for us to really build some bridges and strengthen those that we already have."


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