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February 24, 2010 > A cup of Coffee with police officers

A cup of Coffee with police officers

By Meenu Gupta
Photos By Meenu Gupta

On Thursday evening, February 11, Fremont residents had another chance to talk about safety issues in the City, as Fremont Police staff sat down with them for another cup of coffee, after such similar police/public meetings in December last year. "Coffee with the Cops" gives officers and the public a chance to talk about safety issues in the City as well as to get acquainted with the name and face behind the badge. Fremont Police Department, dedicated to promoting safer neighborhood in the City, in partnership with the community, proactively discussed ways to reduce crime. Fremont Police Department staff was available to talk with the residents in an informal, friendly setting. Officers talked about community issues, answering questions and concerns of residents and, in general, interacting with them.

Citizens met Fremont Police Chief Craig Steckler and his command staff Captain Richard Lucero, Sgt. Tom Severance, Officer Josh Ehling, Captain Frank Grgurina and Community Engagement Specialist, Martha Matthiesen among others. Officers from Patrol and specialists from the Community Engagement Unit were available to talk with folks about community issues and neighborhood concerns. The need to get involved in Neighborhood Watch programs was stressed at the meeting.

Many residents were attending this type of meeting for the first time and enjoyed being a part of it. "Usually we only meet the Police in an emergency or if they are pulling us over to give a ticket, it's nice to meet them on a more social basis, it is a nice experience," said one of the residents who was attending the meeting for the first time. Denise Mapelli who teaches at Brookvale Elementary School discussed the need for D.A.R.E. program for children in schools since with the police presence the number of reports related to gangs, assaults will decline.

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