NORMAN — Old School Bagel Cafe was buzzing with chatter Monday morning as several Norman residents sat down to have a hot cup of coffee with members of the Norman Police Department.
It was the first Coffee with a Cop event held, but it won’t be the last. The event is scheduled to continue the second Monday of every month.
“I think it just gives a chance to sit down and visit with people in a good setting,” Lt. Jamie Shattuck said, adding that, often, the police don’t come into contact with residents until they’re responding to emergencies.
Shattuck discussed several things with Norman resident Tim Mauldin, who serves on the Norman Public Library board. Shattuck said they talked about library issues, some homelessness issues and even a little about the Citizens’ Police Academy.
“It just gives us an opportunity to get to know people on a personal level,” he said.
Mauldin said it gave residents like him a chance to visit with police and get to know officers in the community. He also talked about concerns in his neighborhood.
As firework season draws near, Mauldin’s concern has been focused on an area around his neighborhood where there are quite a few Red Cedar trees.
“This time of the year, they get fireworks and they don’t just have firecrackers and sparklers, they’ve got the heavy artillery. They’ve got stuff that you can’t buy in Oklahoma, as far as I know, and they’ll shoot that off,” he said.
Mauldin also talked about how the Norman Police Department has been committed to community-oriented policing and how he believes it has helped. He recalled the first time participating in National Night Out and how a police patrol car, a K-9 unit and a bicycle patrol officer attended.