MSP invites community to Coffee with a Cop

Usually when someone talks to the police it’s because they’re in trouble or reporting trouble.

But tomorrow the public has a chance to sit down with police and talk in an informal and relaxed setting. Troopers, sergeants and lieutenants from the Michigan State Police Negaunee post will be at Culver’s tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for Coffee With a Cop.

They’re inviting the community to come out, have a cup of coffee and talk about concerns or questions they have.

Tpr. Stacey Rasanen, with the Michigan State Police Negaunee Post, said, “Sometimes we’re not aware of what’s totally going on and they don’t feel comfortable when we’re in a stressful environment, because normally we get called when there’s an emergency, to bring these topics up. So again if there’s something that you feel that you need to bring to our attention, this is the place and the time to do that.”

The event will also help raise awareness about Marquette County’s Disaster Action Team, an affiliate of the American Red Cross.

“It provides us an opportunity to help the public become aware of the American Red Cross and what we do,” Jeff Selesky, Disaster Program Manager with the American Red Cross, said. “And locally we have a Disaster Action Team and they go out and assist people that are victims of fires or floods or any type of disaster and we try to cater to their immediate needs and help them get on with the next portion of their lives.”

The Red Cross has partnered with the MSP to put on Coffee With a Cop and hopes that the public will attend and get to know the people who provide emergency services.