State police from the Reading station are inviting local residents to meet them for coffee. "Coffee with a Cop" is scheduled for Wednesday from 9 to 11 a.m. at Wyomissing Family Restaurant, 1245 Penn Ave. Capt. Kristal Turner-Childs, commander of Reading-based Troop L, will be on hand as will other local troopers to answer questions from residents and to hear their concerns. The theme of the program, which has been done in other areas, is "building community, one cup of coffee at a time," said Trooper David C. Beohm, Troop L spokesman "It's very informal and has been done in other places," Beohm said. "It's just an opportunity to be able to talk to a cop in a very stress-free environment."The hope is it will improve communication between police and the public, he said. Another Coffee with a Cop outing is being planned for northeastern Berks in the fall, Beohm said.
Bible Camp Honors Police Officers in Louisiana
Local law enforcement officers sang, hopped, danced, twirled and shook with nearly 150 children attending Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Opelousas on Friday for the camps closing ceremony and officer appreciation activities. Senior State Trooper Scott Simmons said he was honored to come see the children, especially in light of the recent stress added from the Baton Rouge officer shootings. "We're often times only seen in certain facets of the community and our job, normally, with a wreck or taking somebody to jail or writing tickets, and whenever we're asked to participate in civic organization events, it's refreshing," said Simmons. "It's good that people can see us in a different light and not always in an area that's expected." Simmons said he's been with the state police for over 14 years. "I love what I do," said Simmons. "I'm just doing it more cautiously these days." Tiffany Hebert, director of the week's camp, said the kids, who vary from first to sixth grade, also made cards for the policemen, as well as local firemen. Troop I of the State Police, St. Landry Parish Sheriff Department, Wildlife and Fisheries, Opelousas Police Department and members of the local fire department were invited to meet and be thanked by the kids, said Hebert.
Firearm fatalities for law enforcement officers jumped 72 percent
A new study states firearms fatalities against law enforcement jumped in the past year (Sinclair Broadcast Group)
At the National Police Officers Memorial in Washington DC, the wreaths keep arriving. “Unfortunately we are the only memorial here in the United States in our nation’s capital that has to add new names to that memorial each and every year,” said Craig Floyd, President & CEO National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. For Officer Brian McWilliams, with the Indianapolis Sheriff’s Department, it was a trip he hoped he wouldn’t have to make. “Got a few friends that I worked side by side with that passed away over the last few years,” said McWilliams who was visiting the memorial with his 8-year-old son, Brian Jr. He says his job has gotten much more difficult in the last two years and now every call that comes poses a risk. “You might go on the same call multiple times a day but you’re dealing with different personalities, different ethnic groups,” he said. Floyd echoed his sentiments. “Every assignment is potentially life-threatening and that could be the most mundane traffic stop that officers do over and over in their career,” he said. As of July 18, 2016, firearms fatalities for law enforcement officers had jumped 72 percent from the previous year – with 18 in 2015 and 31 in 2016, which includes the five officers targeted and killed in Dallas, TX on July 7 and the three in Baton Rouge, LA on July 17. Barbara Anne Cady, visiting the memorial from Mississippi, said there seems to be a new reality. “People just don’t feel safe, the people on the job or the public,” Cady said.
Indiana State Police Pay Ping Pong with Crowds at RNC
It's the fourth day of protests and heavy security in Cleveland, during the 2016 Republican National Convention, but police have been playful when they're not protecting the public. As temperatures spiked into the 90s, a handful of Indiana state troopers challenged crowds to friendly games of ping pong next to REBoL, a cafe in Cleveland's Public Square. Troopers and citizens took turns playing, though no winner was named. It was a sweet moment of comradery in a week full of heated protests and arrests in the city. Gabe Niardi of Columbus, Ohio played several rounds with one trooper, before walking off, grinning, "That was cool, man."The same Indiana troopers stopped to play Pokemon GO with a syracuse.com reporter earlier this week. This week is the first time Trooper Curtis Jones has visited Cleveland, and he said it's been a great experience. "Coming here, we were expecting the worst and hoping for the best," said Jones, of Indiana. "Everything's turned out far better than we could have imagined. Everybody in Cleveland has been kind. "All week, Curtis said citizens have been thanking him and his colleagues, and asking to take photographs with them. The Indiana state troopers are just one of the many out-of-state groups, called in to back up the Cleveland Police Department. The city prepared heavily for this week, if protests grew into dangerous riots. As part of its security plan, Cleveland organized a massive police force of 5,000 officers, recruiting from surrounding suburbs and nearby states to bolster its existing force of about 1,200. Cleveland.com reported the city intended to buy 2,000 sets of riot gear, including riot-control suits and collapsible batons. Cleveland received $50 million in federal money to pay for security during the RNC. Mayor Frank Jackson's administration planned to spend roughly $30 million of the grant on personnel and $20 million on equipment.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Finds Sweet note on Door after Shift
As the nation continues to be in turmoil over a series of attacks on law enforcement officers, several agencies in Oklahoma are thanking citizens for their support. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol posted a note that was left on a trooper’s door when he got home. “For my neighbor, while peering out my window, I saw my neighbor passing by. I felt compelled to stop and pray and let me tell you why. You see… he wears a uniform, a target he is now. God protect him from the evil, bring him home tonight somehow. His family needs and loves him, and his dog he does the same. As do his friends and neighbors who call him by his name.So Lord, protect him while he serves, keeping harm from everyone, bring him safely home again to rest when day is done,” the note read.