Officers from Kingman Police Department meet with residents during Tuesdays ‘Coffee with Cops’ – Photo by Charles Black
The community got an inside look at the inner workings of several of the city’s departments Tuesday at the Coffee with Cops event. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., officials from the Kingman Police and Public Works Departments met with residents in front of the Kingman Police Department to hear their concerns and offer a glimpse into their jobs.
“Our goal is transparency,” said Rusty Cooper, deputy chief of the Kingman Police Department. “We try to be transparent and accessible. We are giving community members access.”
Cooper said the idea originated about 12 years ago, and now takes place several times a year in different locations. Public Works Street
Superintendent Jack Plaunty said residents often aren’t aware of what takes place in their city’s departments.
“People need to understand what we do in Public Works as a whole,” he said. “People don’t often know the costs for the day-to-day services we provide.”
Kingman resident Danny Gieck said he enjoyed the chance to get better acquainted with city officials. “I attend because I feel like, in our culture, that there is an under-appreciation of what these men and women do,” he said. “I feel a personal responsibility to let them know that the community understands how hard their job is — that their personal sacrifice doesn’t go unnoticed.”
Police Chief Bob DeVries said that they have received many helpful tips from the residents who attend the Coffee with Cops events.
“It is an informal environment to get to know officers and express concerns. We listen to concerns from residents, and if necessary, get them to the right department,” DeVries said.
The City will be hosting a City Service Expo on May 30 on Beale Street. The time has not been determined yet, but will be announced soon.