Have coffee with a Cop

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Coffee with a Cop is as “grassroots” as it gets, it brings people together to talk over coffee with no agenda and no speeches, just open and honest communication.

Guam – Normally when you encounter a police officer it is under diress or an emergency. But over the last year the Guam Police Department has made an effort to bridge the gap between officers and island residents through the launch of “Coffee with a Cop.”

According Officer Justin Edqualani, “It first started with Hawthorne Police department in 2011. They wanted to find a way to work with the community more closely get more embedded in the community because there is this belief that the police department is here and here is the community and there is no real linking up.”

“When we take that time out you can see that change in their attitude their demeanor in their thinking because now what ever they were dealing with or whatever has been lingering its been answered and now having that with the officer they feel they are building relationships its no longer us versus them or them versus us,” shared Officer Susie Santos.

On Wednesday, from 7 am to 9 am, officers from the four precincts will be at McDonalds in Agana, Harmon, Yigo, and Maite as part of National Coffee with a Cop Day.

If you have any concerns questions or would just like to talk to someone, make your way down to one of the locations and get to know the men and women in blue who help keep our community safe.

SOURCEJolene Toves
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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.