LANSING | Lansing officers will meet with residents from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at McDonald's, 17810 Torrence Ave., to discuss any issues they want, said Sgt. Randy Hoving.
The event is called Coffee with a Cop, and is part of a national movement to bolster community policing efforts. This is the first time Lansing officers are trying it.
“We don’t have any agenda we’re trying to push,” Hoving said. “We’re here to listen to what the residents have to say.”
Hoving said that he, Sgt. Al Phillips and Deputy Chief Anthony Lucito will be at McDonald's.
“We thought we’d give it a try to see what kind of reaction we get,” Hoving said.
Any local resident who wishes to attend is invited, and Hoving said the police are willing to talk about any issues the residents bring up.
A website devoted to promoting the idea says some 175 police departments in 36 states have tried it.
Police departments from New Hampshire to California have used the idea to try to build up their community relations. Some departments make the event a regularly scheduled monthly feature. Hoving said Lansing police will gauge community interest to determine if the event will reoccur.
Phillips will discuss the village’s new Code Red program, which helps the village alert residents to weather or crime emergencies.
Residents have to sign up to receive such messages, and Hoving said police will guide residents through the process on Wednesday, if they wish to do so.