Peekskill Police Seek Input, Coffee In Comfortable Settings

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Peekskill Police Chief Eric Johansen and Officers Nick Franco and Pam Sgroi meet with residents at the Peekskill Coffee House on Monday. Photo Credit: Art Cusano

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. — Members of the city's police department dropped by the Peekskill Coffee House on Monday to talk with residents over a cup of Joe.

The event, dubbed "Coffee With the Chief," is aimed at increasing interaction with the public in a comfortable setting, Acting Police Chief Eric Johansen said.

Johansen was joined by Officers Nick Franco and Pam Sgroi, as well as Acting City Manager Brian Havranek. 

"You have to get out into the community and hear what it is they in terms of problems or compliments," Johansen said. "It's always nice to hear when you're doing something right. But we also want to hear what we can do better."

Residents have complained about noise issues and young people loitering on Main Street, Johansen said.

The officers also brought literature on crime prevention tips and child car seat installation. "A lot of people want us to show how to install them or to even help them do it," Sgroi said.

Monday's event was the second such meeting with residents. The first was held at The Patio on Bank Street about three weeks ago. The events will be held once a month at various times and locations, Johansen said. He hoped the events may draw residents to downtown businesses.

"Maybe they'll get a new customer," Johansen said. "It's a win-win situation." 

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What a wonderful idea! Was this the Johanson's idea? Some how I missed the announcement but I'll be at the next one.