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Holyoke Police Meet with Residents as Part of “Coffee with a Cop” Program


HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) — Holyoke police officers took a moment from their jobs Friday and drank coffee with some Holyoke residents at the Senior Center.

It’s all part of the “Coffee with a Cop” program. It’s a national program that gives community members the chance to ask questions and learn more about the Holyoke P.D.

Most encounters with police are in emergency or emotional situations, which isn’t always the best way to build relationships.

“Coffee with a Cop” breaks those barriers, allowing for a more relaxed interaction.

“This is our city and if you want the city to turn around, and to go through a better spot…we’re doing good right now, but like anything else, we can always be better at it. It takes the citizens to come forward and take part in their city’s activities,” explains Holyoke Police Lt. Matthew Moriarty, commanding officer of the department’s Community Policing Unit.

Lt. Moriarty says the feedback about the program is positive so far and that they will hold more coffee chats in the future.

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