Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Have a cuppa joe with these guys, and gals

NEWPORT NEWS — Police officers here will host three “Coffee with a Cop” events throughout the next three weeks.

The first will be Thursday from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at Starbucks, 5030 West Mercury Blvd.

If you can’t make Thursday, a second one will be on July 25 from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. at IHOP, 15447 Warwick Blvd.

The third event on July 31 from 8:00 a.m. – 10 a.m. at the Warwick Restaurant, 12306 Warwick Blvd.

“The ‘Coffee with a Cop’ initiative is designed to provide both residents and officers an opportunity to interact in a relaxed setting where officers can better understand the community’s concerns while allowing the community a chance to get to know the officers patrolling their neighborhoods,” said Jamie Bastas, senior communications specialist for the Newport News Police Department.

The three events do not include agendas or speeches, just a chance to enjoy a cup of coffee and ask questions or voice concerns, the department wrote in a news release.

For information on the “Coffee with a Cop” initiative, visit here.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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