Coffee and conversation with cops


By Cody Willoughby - cwilloughby@aimmediamidwest.com



Cody Willoughby | Troy Daily News Charles Walton of Troy chats with patrolman Tracy Long during National Coffee with a Cop Day on Wednesday, hosted by Scott Family McDonald’s in Troy.

Cody Willoughby | Troy Daily News Charles Walton of Troy chats with patrolman Tracy Long during National Coffee with a Cop Day on Wednesday, hosted by Scott Family McDonald’s in Troy.


Cody Willoughby | Troy Daily News Officers Matt Collett and Mike Steffano enjoy coffee and conversation with John Brewster, Al Stephens, and Dave Rudy, of Troy, during National Coffee with a Cop Day on Wednesday, hosted by Scott Family McDonald’s in Troy.


TROY — The Scott Family McDonalds of Troy hosted coffee and conversations with officers from the Troy Police Department on Wednesday, in recognition of National Coffee with a Cop Day.

National Coffee with a Cop Day grew out of casual coffee conversations held in 2011 by the police department in Hawthorne, Calif. The day became an official part of National Community Policing Week in 2016, and now continues each year on the first Wednesday of October to further nationwide efforts in bridging the gap between the community and the law.

This marked the Troy Police Department’s first year participating in the national event.

“We all received an e-mail saying that the event was today, and that any officers who were interested were welcome to stop by,” said patrolman Tom Wheeler.

“As far as I’m concerned, it’s a great event,” said Patrolman Tracy Long. “We get to get out and talk to citizens. It allows residents to present concerns and answer questions about what police officers do. Events like this let us answer those questions and relieve some of the mystery about who we are and what we do.”

“In this county, I think we have good relationships with the public, and this just helps improve it,” Wheeler said.

For more information, visit www.coffeewithacop.com.

Cody Willoughby | Troy Daily News Charles Walton of Troy chats with patrolman Tracy Long during National Coffee with a Cop Day on Wednesday, hosted by Scott Family McDonald’s in Troy.
https://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2018/10/web1_Coffee1.jpgCody Willoughby | Troy Daily News Charles Walton of Troy chats with patrolman Tracy Long during National Coffee with a Cop Day on Wednesday, hosted by Scott Family McDonald’s in Troy.

Cody Willoughby | Troy Daily News Officers Matt Collett and Mike Steffano enjoy coffee and conversation with John Brewster, Al Stephens, and Dave Rudy, of Troy, during National Coffee with a Cop Day on Wednesday, hosted by Scott Family McDonald’s in Troy.
https://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2018/10/web1_Coffee2.jpgCody Willoughby | Troy Daily News Officers Matt Collett and Mike Steffano enjoy coffee and conversation with John Brewster, Al Stephens, and Dave Rudy, of Troy, during National Coffee with a Cop Day on Wednesday, hosted by Scott Family McDonald’s in Troy.

By Cody Willoughby

cwilloughby@aimmediamidwest.com