Coos Bay police talk homelessness, school shootings at first Coffee with a Cop event

Coos Bay PD’s first “Coffee with a Cop” event at Flappers Coffee House, March 12, 2018. (SBG)

COOS BAY, Ore. -- The Coos Bay Police Department wants to hear from the public, but in this case, it's not a town hall or public hearing.

Monday morning's setting was informal, where conversation flowed along with the coffee at CBPD’s first “Coffee with a Cop” event at Flappers Coffee House.

"Basically, just getting an opportunity for the officers to get to know the people in the community and the community members get to know the police officers that that are working hard in their neighborhoods to keep it safe," said Coos Bay Police Chief Gary McCullough.

Topics of discussion included homelessness in the city and the recent school shootings across the nation.

"I'm concerned that they might not have enough resources that can get there in time to help stop that if it happened in this community, and I hope it never does," said Ken Folkar of Coos Bay.

Chief McCullough says his team is trained for these types of situations.

"There won't be, you know, waiting out in the parking lot for a number of people,” he explained, “we're going to go in there and we're going to identify the threat, try to either distract them from what they're doing ‘til more officers can get there, or go ahead and engage the threat."

While this is the first Coffee with a Cop for the Coos Bay Police Department, they hope to make it a quarterly event.

"Try to move it around, give everybody an opportunity, come in from their neighborhoods and just meet us and talk about the issues that are going on in their neighborhood and see what we can do to correct some of those," the chief said.

Flappers Coffee House estimates 30 cups of coffee were served at the event.

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