CARSON CITY — Have you ever wanted to sit down with a police officer over a hot cup of coffee and casually discuss community issues?
You will soon have a chance.
The Carson City Police Department is hosting an event dubbed “Coffee With A Cop” at 7 a.m. Wednesday at the McDonald’s restaurant in Carson City. “Coffee With A Cop” is a national initiative supported by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Officer Devin Jarvie will be the featured police officer at the event. He was hired to work for the department last March.
Police Chief Bruce Partridge came up with the idea after reading an article in “Law and Order” magazine about a training opportunity in Valparaiso, Ind., for any police officers interested in hosting a community event. Partridge attended the training and was inspired to host Coffee With A Cop in Carson City.
“I’m hoping that by meeting us in a casual, social setting, the people in Carson will come to know us as just regular people with pretty much the same interests, concerns and challenges that they have,” Partridge said. “We just have a job with different responsibilities.”
Partridge said since he was hired as police chief in the summer of 2011, he’s had the opportunity to meet and talk with many residents and business owners about city issues.
“A common theme is the belief that the cops in Carson are heavy handed, are only interested in writing tickets and arresting people, don’t care about the community and unfriendly,” said Partridge of what he’s heard. “I think if we can show them the bigger picture, explain some of the community-focused events that we sponsor and participate in, explain what we do and how we do it … (I’m hoping) that perception will soften.”
Partridge wants the community to be more aware of police officer activity in the city, including the following statistics:
• Officers have made 433 traffics tops this year (almost two per day). About 8,000 vehicles travel through the city on M-57 every day.
• Officers have conducted 297 directed patrols this year, providing extra attention to parks, cemeteries, municipal facilities, schools and the Carson City Regional Correctional Facility.
• Officers accomplish at least one foot or bicycle patrol per shift, in which they contact residents and business owners to touch base.
• The police department has developed a strong relationship with Carson Health and currently has an officer on duty throughout the night until 5 a.m. every day thanks to a partnership with the hospital.
Call the Carson City Police Department at (989) 584-6448 for more information about the “Coffee With A Cop” event.