Riverhead police officers pose with visitors at the Bean and Bagel Café in Calverton on Oct. 5, Coffee with a Cop Day in the Town of Riverhead. Photo: Denise Civiletti

Riverhead police officers greeted residents at four locations across town this morning for the annual Coffee with a Cop Day, an event held on this day across the U.S. to encourage informal interaction between police officers and community members.

Officers visited Duffy’s Deli in Jamesport, Goldberg’s Bagels and El Chapin Deli in Riverhead and Bean and Bagel Café in Calverton.

The idea is for cops to make themselves available to community members to hear what’s on their minds and engage in casual conversation.

Assembly Member Jodi Giglio of Baiting Hollow stopped by to say hello to Riverhead police officers Wednesday morning. Photo: Denise Civiletti

At the bustling Bean and Bagel Cafe on Middle Country Road in Calverton this morning, Officers Eric Cohen, Patryk Loszewski and Lauren McGuire chatted with residents about quality of life issues in Wading River, concerns about the recent bail reform legislation and traffic. They were joined by Lieutenant Jonathan Devereaux, who heads up the department’s patrol division.

“This is one of the most successful community outreach programs nationwide,” Devereaux said. Riverhead initiated Coffee with a Cop Day in 2016, but hasn’t held the event since 2019, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Assembly Member Jodi Giglio of Baiting Hollow was among the local residents who stopped to chat with the officers this morning at Bean and Bagel Café.

“It’s a great idea and a great way for residents to get to know our police officers face to face,” she said.

“Keep up the good work,” Giglio told the cops after chatting with them at a booth in the café’s dining room.

Riverhead Police Lt. Jonathan Devereaux listens to concerns of a local resident. Also pictured: Officer Eric Cohen. Photo: Denise Civiletti
Riverhead Police Lt. Jonathan Devereaux chats with a local resident at the Bean and Bagel Café Oct. 5. Photo: Denise Civiletti

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