Coffee with a Cop: Community invited for caffeine and conversation

Brian Hughes | Special to the News Bulletin/USA TODAY NETWORK

CRESTVIEW — In another sign that the community is shaking off the scourge of COVID-19, the Crestview Police Department’s regular Coffee With a Cop program returns.

Hours are 8-11 a.m. Wednesday, June 23 at Casbah Coffee Co., 196 Pine Ave. W. in downtown Crestview.

Crestview Police Officer Gabe Dunlap (now a corporal) chats with residents during a pre-COVID-19 Coffee With a Cop. The program returns June 23 at Casbah Coffee Co.

The CPD Community Services program offers residents an opportunity to meet informally with Chief Stephen McCosker and some of his officers. The coffee and conversation flow freely. Topics are whatever police-related concerns or praises folks want to discuss.

“We always welcome people to come chat with us at the police department,” Community Services Officer Sam Kimmons said. “But sometimes, it’s a little intimidating and formal for some folks to meet with us at the office. Coffee With a Cop is laid back and you can bring up anything that’s on your mind.”

Meet Crestview’s new Community Services officer, Chris Anderson, at the June 23 Coffee With a Cop.

The June 23 event will also introduce Officer Chris Anderson as CPD’s new Community Services officer, who, as Kimmons’ partner, will continue the work of now-retired Officer Wanda Hulion, while implementing ideas and innovations of his own.

Casbah will offer free regular coffee during Coffee With a Cop. Specialty drinks and food are Dutch treat.

“We’re glad to restart this valuable way for residents to meet their police chief and officers and share what’s on their mind,” Kimmons said.

COFFEE WITH A COP

Informal opportunity to chat with Crestview Police Chief Stephen McCosker and other officers, 8-11 a.m. Wednesday, June 23 at Casbah Coffee Co., 196 Pine Ave. W., Crestview. Free coffee and conversation; other food and drinks are Dutch treat.