Police & Fire Departments Schedule Town Halls and 'Coffee Chats'

Due to demand for more opportunities to meet with local fire and police authorities and be able to ask questions, the departments have announced more 2013 dates.

By the City of Redwood City

In January of this year, the Redwood City Police and Fire Departments announced a collaboration to prevent violence and enhance safety at neighborhood schools.

The comprehensive plan included synchronizing response procedures between the two departments in addition to training school staff regarding protocols for sheltering-in-place or responding to violent intruders on campus.

The positive response to the initiative from those involved was overwhelming.   

In an effort to expand the benefits of this groundbreaking initiative to the greater community, the Police and Fire Departments will be hosting a series of Town Hall-style community meetings.

The theme of this year's Town Hall meetings is: "Residents and Public Safety Working in Partnership to Improve Our Neighborhoods."   

One meeting per quarter will be held during 2013, beginning in March, at various locations throughout the city. The Town Hall meetings will be facilitated by members of the Police and Fire Departments.

Residents will hear formal presentations about programs and services offered by each department, and participate in a facilitated discussion to voice their concerns about public safety issues in their community. 

In addition to the Town Hall meetings, the Police Department will continue its popular "Coffee with the Cops" events. "Coffee with the Cops" is a program implemented by the Redwood City Police Department in an effort to enhance communication between community members and the police department.

"Coffee with the Cops" is an informal event designed to allow citizens the opportunity to ask questions and learn about new programs and efforts the police department is currently focusing on in their neighborhood.

During "Coffee with the Cops," no formal presentation takes place, so citizens are welcome to drop in anytime during the event. Citizens will have the opportunity to meet the officers who are working in their neighborhoods. Officers will be answering questions, passing out crime prevention information, connecting citizens with City services, and helping citizens get connected to the Redwood City Police Department's social media sites. 

Public Safety Town Hall meetings:

Fair Oaks Community Center, 2600 Middlefield Road
Redwood City, CA 94063
March 19, 2013, 7:00-8:30 pm 

Peninsula Covenant Church, 3560 Farm Hill Blvd
Redwood City, CA 94062
June 19, 2013, 7:00-8:30 pm 

St. Pius Church, 1100 Woodside Road
Redwood City, CA 94061
September 11, 2013, 7:00-8:30 pm 

Redwood Shores Library, 399 Marine Parkway
Redwood City, CA 94064
November 13, 2013, 7:00-8:30 pm

Coffee with the Cops events:
Canyon Coffee Roastery, 3203 Oak Knoll Drive
Redwood City, Ca. 94062
Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 7:30am to 9am

Hoover Family Center, 701 Charter Street
Redwood City, Ca. 94063
Friday, April 12, 2013, 8:30 am to 10 am

Starbucks, Marsh Manor, 955 Marsh Road
Redwood City, Ca. 94063
Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 5:30 pm to 7 pm

Summit Coffee, Roosevelt Plaza, 2137 Roosevelt
Redwood City, Ca. 94062
Wednesday, May 15th, 2013, 8am to 9:30 am

Franklin Street Café, Sequoia Station, 1053 El Camino Real
Redwood City, Ca. 94063
Sunday, June 9th, 2013, 2pm to 3:30 pm

Starbucks, 820 Woodside Road
Redwood City, Ca. 94062
Sunday, July 21st, 3pm to 4:30 pm 

Peet's Coffee, 2600 Broadway
Redwood City, Ca. 94063
Tuesday, August 6th, 2013, 8am to 9:30 am 

Starbucks, Redwood Shores, 264 Redwood Shores Parkway
Redwood City, Ca. 94063
Saturday, August 24th, 2013 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

What do you think of these outreach events by the police and fire departments? Are you interested in attending any of them? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

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