A handful of people gathered at Aux Delices Foods on Friday morning, Jan. 18 — along with eight police officers.
“This is the fifth Coffee with a Cop that we’ve had since last spring, “ said Leslie Silva, patrol officer and K-9 handler. Silva owns K-9 Kenny, a yellow labrador retriever.
The mission of Coffee with a Cop is to help break down barriers between the police and the residents they serve.
From 10 a.m. to noon, the community was invited to come to Aux Delices and talk with their local police officers.
“We hold them every three months,” Silva said. “We pick a different location each time.”
Previous Coffee with a Cop events were held at Starbucks, Upper Crust Bakery & Cafe and NEAT Coffee.
“It’s an opportunity to get out and introduce ourselves to the public, to show folks we are regular guys,” said Police Chief Ray Osborne.
During their chat, Silva often asks residents how their experience has been with police, “if they ever had to call us,” she said.
Silva added she has received very positive feedback in response.
About 25 to 30 people come to Coffee with a Cop each time it’s held.
Displayed on a table inside the coffee shop for people to take was pencils, plastic cups, stickers and toy police cars.
Coffee with a Cop is advertised on Instagram and Facebook. A flyer is also hung outside the store where police will next be holding the event.
Darien residents Marc and Barbara Thorne stopped in to Aux Delices Friday to make small talk with Osborne. Thorne is a Selectman in town and is also a member of the newly formed Pear Tree Point Beach Committee. Barbara Thorne is a former selectmen.
One topic spoken of Friday morning was all the recent car break-ins in town that people have read about in the paper, Osborne said.
“We hope they lock their cars,” he said.
Other areas of concern residents often bring up to cops, according to Silva, include parking tickets and traffic issues.
But any topic is fair game.
Five-year-old Will Castellani had football on his mind on Friday.
“He spoke about his love of the Buffalo Bills to Captain John Lawlor,” said Will’s mother Jordan, of Darien.
“Captain Lawlor’s favorite team is the [Minnesota] Vikings,” Jordan Castellani said.
Will also spoke about the recent field trip his second grade class took to the Darien Police Station.
Standing beside Will was his 7-year-old sister, Morgan. When asked what she would like to say to the cops, she responded, “Thank you for your service.”