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First Coffee with a Cop session goes smoothly
Gambino, who said he was interested in working with the police and the community, offered to host the session and provided the free cup of coffee. He owns two other Manchester McDonald’s and said he’d be interested in hosting future sessions at those restaurants.
She said she had no issues she needed to discuss, but that it was a more comfortable setting than going up to an officer on the street, or having an officer stop her to chat.
While Lafreniere is not a regular customer, Joe Parillo is. A widower, he lives nearby and comes for coffee every day. He was surprised to see the police, but was happy to chat with community policing supervisor Sgt. Brian O’Keefe. Most of the time when you encounter a police officer, he said, “they don’t have time to talk. . .It’s good for the police to socialize.”
Officer Chris Day is the person behind Coffee with a Cop in Manchester, having learned about it at a New England-wide training session in Waterville Valley in March. The vision of an opportunity to talk with community members in a non-stress, non-confrontational setting was the idea of police in Hawthorne, Calif., a few years ago.
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