STAMFORD-Stamford police are kicking off their Coffee With a Cop effort this Autumn with two, count ‘em two, coffee klatches with the men and women in blue on Wednesday Oct. 4.

First, community outreach officers and district sergeants will be at Starbucks in the Ridgeway Shopping Center from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The second event will take place at Dunkin’ Donuts at 979 East Main Street from noon to 2 p.m.

The informal community meetings coincide with Wednesday’s National Coffee With a Cop day.

The Coffee With a Cop effort in Stamford began in March 2017. That month police officers met with members of the East Side community at the Trailblazers Academy on Lockwood Avenue.

Assistant police Chief James Matheny said there is no substitute for having good relations with the community and talking to residents about their neighborhood.

jnickerson@stamfordadvocate.com