APD Hosts Coffee Talk

Dennis Evanosky

Alameda Police Department’s (APD) Crime Prevention Technician Michaelia Parker, left, spoke with local businessman Tom Bierly during last Tuesday morning’s Coffee with a Cop at the West End Starbucks. Parker staffs APD’s crime-prevention unit, C.O.P.P.S., which stands for Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving. The coffee klatsch offered residents the opportunity to speak with police officers, ask them questions and voice their concerns about crime in the city.

Bierly said that he found “Coffee with a Cop” an ideal way to speak with members of APD in a relaxed, atmosphere, rather than in an emergency situation that many are used to when dealing with APD. “I am getting my questions answered and things explained better here over a cup of coffee, than I would have during an emergency,” Bierly said. 

Officers from the Hawthorne Police Department in Southern California started Coffee with a Cop in 2011 as a way to interact more successfully with the Hawthorne’s residents.