OCEAN TOWNSHIP: Coffee with a Cop Day across the country brings police officers and the community they serve together to learn more about each other.
Ocean Township's day was Wednesday, Oct. 4, at the Starbuck's on Route 66.
Breakfast treats were waiting and the drive-thru was an active window. Inside customers were enjoying the coffee, the treats and the accommodating atmosphere where two tables of guest were on their portable computers, a free customer wi-fi service.
In short the typical morning place was also the spot chosen to hold Coffee with a Cop, where the officers mixed with the help and the clientele. Officers in blue, special duty officers, Chief Steve Peters and ranking officers were on hand to welcome visitors.
Sever of the police officers even tied an apron on and made coffee or helped drive in customers, part of the welcome to community businesses and residents as friends do, informally and with handshakes. (See the photo enclosed.).
Soon a young visitor, 9-year-old Madison, on seeing the officers, approached them and "thanked them for their services". Her father, Larry told us that was the custom she has learned as part of her becoming an adult. She and her two brothers have adopted these grown up manners.
In the photo, Madison is greeting Chief Peters and Captain Michael Sorrentino, Smiles came naturally.
Police Officer Alisa Antunez enjoyed the company of 4-year old Liam who is learning in pre-school about the community and the importance of the police, fire and first aid services in bringing safety and well-being to the town,
This was the fourth Coffee with a Cop in Ocean this year. Each has been very worthwhile, Chief Peters said. It meets the objective of service to the community.