NEW MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The police chief in Springfield Township hopes a program he started years ago will show citizens that they are accessible — and a part of their community.
The department held their annual “Coffee with a Cop” event Saturday, where neighbors were invited to tour the station and meet the officers. Kids were encouraged to ask questions, too, the goal being that if they ever need the police in the future, they wouldn’t be afraid to ask for help.
“I’m doing it to help build a good rapport — good relationships — with the community,” Police Chief Matthew Mohn said. “I think it’s a great opportunity for people in the community who have never met some of our officers — a chance to meet and greet them [and] also a chance for the people to ask them some questions they may have.”
Mohn also reminded those who came that they can sign up for free programs such as Vacation Watch and Senior Watch, where area police departments will check on your house when you are away and check on an elderly person at least once a week.