“Coffee with a cop” program brings citizens’ concerns to the police

Event was held Thursday at McDonald's restaurants around Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – People were having “Coffee with a Cop” all over Springfield Thursday. Between 10:00 and noon, people spoke with officers from the department’s ordinance unit at McDonald’s restaurants across the city.

Springfield Patrolman Stephen Tyburski was on assignment at the McDonald’s on Main Street in the South End. Customers talked to officers about ways to improve quality of life in the city. Tyburski told 22News he heard complaints about panhandlers.

“They’re concerned about the homeless issue, panhandlers, loud music from cars,” Tyburski said.

“Sometimes, they do a little damage to the building,” McDonald’s manager Beatrice Runnells said. “Especially the bathroom, the lobby- they do a lot of damage.”

Tyburski and other officers of the ordinance unit are responsible for talking with people in the neighborhoods, and finding out what is troubling them.

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