I forgot to write about Coffee with a Cop! I’ve written about the program before. It takes place on the first Saturday of the month. A police officer or officers who are on duty but not busy meet with any interested community members. We have coffee and treats, and we talk. The meetings take place at various locations, such as churches or the library. On Saturday, June 6, we met at Trinity Lutheran Church, 443 Henry St., Herkimer, with Officer Tiffany Hill and Herkimer Police Chief Michael Jory.
The idea of the meetings is to foster a better relationship between the police and the community. Discussions often cover a variety of topics. Officer Hill talked about Community Policing, getting to know the people she protects. Recently she had attended a parade and danced with kids in Meyers Park. She was at a local school one lunch time and ended up signing autographs (nobody at the meeting was bold enough to ask for one).
She also told us about a foot pursuit where she ran across State Street and caught the guy. Apparently somebody had leaned out of their apartment window to record it and posted the video on YouTube. Some of those present had seen it. Oh, I missed a bet. I should have found it and posted a link. It was an exciting story.
“My job is so boring,” I grumbled. Please note: I don’t really mind; I can live with a little boredom.
We talked a bit about Main Street’s bad reputation, which I feel is not entirely deserved. As with many such things, there is some truth and some exaggeration involved. I said I would stubbornly continue to walk and run on Main Street when I felt like it. Nobody seemed to think this was a bad idea.
I love my adopted hometown of Herkimer, but I know there is room for improvement. I like to think that Coffee with a Cop is a step in the right direction. The program is taking a break for the summer but will restart in the fall. I’ll be watching for fliers and scanning the newspapers to see when and where, as I hope others will be, too.