RVPD’S FIRST “COFFEE WITH A COP” EVENT AN OVERWHELMING SUCCESS
By Lieutenant John J. DeVoe
The River Vale Police Department went all out for its first “Coffee with a Cop,” which took place on Saturday, June 8, 2019. The event was held at Adam’s Bagel Café on Westwood Ave., and the owners donated the coffee in support of the cause.
Police set up several patrol vehicles and took the time to show the equipment and technology to their visitors. They also had gear on hand, including duty belts, ballistic shields, and helmets, so that the residents could see firsthand the tools of the trade. There were displays with safety information on a variety of topics and officers fielded questions from attendees. And during their downtime, Officers played cornhole and threw Frisbees with their residents.
“We were fortunate to have a great day at a prime location in town for our inaugural ‘Coffee With A Cop.’ We certainly intend to host more events like this in the future to continue the dialogue with our residents,” said Police Chief Sean Scheidle.
The purpose of the Coffee with a Cop program is to bring together police officers and the community members who they serve to discuss issues and learn more about each other – over coffee.
We couldn’t be happier with the turnout. We had steady streams of people of all ages – from small children to senior citizens – coming in throughout the morning. Everyone really seemed to enjoy themselves.