Breaking down barriers and building relationships.
Most people are used to dealing with cops when there's a crisis or emergency situation.
But on Wednesday, "Coffee with a Cop" day was an opportunity for neighbors and residents to hang out and chat with police officers over a free cup of coffee and donuts.
"Coffee with a Cop" is a national law enforcement program that brings together police officers and the communities they serve in an informal environment.
For police officers, the program provides opportunities – outside of crisis situations – to relax and chat with neighbors.
For community members it's a chance for distraction-free conversations with the men and women whose mission it is to serve and protect.
"Coffee with a Cop" day in Buffalo was hosted by the police chief in each of the five Buffalo police districts and the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority.
"A venue like this is a way you can just talk. It's a good way for us to be out here with the community having a nice cup of coffee and talk," said Chief T. Moran, who heads the A-District. "It's good for everybody."
The meet-and-greets ran from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m and were held at Tim Hortons locations at Delaware and Linden avenues; Delaware Avenue and Allen Street; Kensington Avenue and Eggert Road; and inside Tops Market on Seneca Street. Police officers also met with residents at the Schiller Park Community Center on Genesee Street; Martha Mitchell Community Center on Oakmont Avenue; and D-District Station on Hertel Avenue.
Worried about parking for the Sabres' season opener tonight at the Key Bank Center?
Well, the city's Parking Department may be able to help. Officials are offering suggestions to help make parking for the 7 p.m. game a "friendly and efficient" experience:
- Motorists are encouraged to park in city-owned parking ramps that have prices ranging from $2 to $10. The ramps closest to Key Bank Center are the One Seneca Ramp at 1 Seneca Ctr. and the Adam Ramp located at 343 Washington St. Keep in mind, all of the city-owned parking facilities are located within walking distance of the light-rail on Main Street. For more information about the locations, visit bcarparking.com.
- Street parking in the downtown business district is free after 5 p.m. and on weekends and is a short walk to the light-rail.
- The NFTA has two Park-and-Ride locations along the metro rail line. The LaSalle Station has 732 free spaces. The University Station at the University at Buffalo South Campus has 312 spots. Drivers can park in those lots, pay a small fee and ride Metro Rail all the way to the Key Bank Center.
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