Police around the nation are taking a break today by celebrating National Coffee with a Cop Day, a day where police and citizens can come together on common grounds to enjoy a cup of coffee together while discussing any concerns they may have, or to just say hello.
Langhorne Police Chief John Godzieba, Middletown Police Chief Joe Bartorilla, and Captain Pete Feeney of Middletown Township all attended the casual event this morning at the Langhorne Coffee House.
Chief Godzieba and Chief Joe Bartorilla had similar goals for the day, hoping officers and community could come together to talk face to face about anything on the minds of the people they aim to protect.
“It gives the community a chance to come in – in a relaxed atmosphere and speak to their local officers that cover their area,” Godzieba said. “It gives the people that come in here a chance to just walk up and tell us what they think or ask us questions and its a bit more relaxed than coming into the police station.”
“It is a good way to do community engagement,” Bartorilla expanded. “We did one at oxford valley mall – we try to move around at different locations so that were not in the same place so that everyone in the township feels like they have an opportunity to participate.”
The police officers were in Langhorne this morning at the corner of Maple and Bellevue avenue from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., and then returned to work. Bristol Township police will be at the McDonald’s located at 6606 New Falls Road in Levittown for the night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and are welcoming anyone who wants to sit down and enjoy a cup before heading off to whatever the evening may bring.
WBCB’s Eli Kurtz and Keith Noonan contributed to this post.