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.