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Madawaska residents can enjoy Coffee with a Cop on Tuesday

MADAWASKA, Maine — Members of the Madawaska Police Department, joined by their peers from the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office will meet at Tim Horton’s Tuesday, Oct. 9, for their first Coffee with a Cop gathering.

This nationally recognized event gives community members a chance to sit with police and have informal conversations with no set agendas, according to Madawaska Police Chief Ross Dubois.

Residents “will have an opportunity to voice their concerns or opinions in a more relaxed atmosphere than the police department might have,” Dubois said Thursday.

Acting Sheriff Shawn Gillen and Sgt. Matt Cummings of the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office will be joining Dubois at the coffee shop.

“The officers get to know the public better, and the public gets to know the officers,” Gillen said. “It is a perfect opportunity for the public to see that we’re humans too.”

Gillen also said it will be a good chance for the two agencies to hear concerns from members of the public and “know what we’re doing good as well.”  

This event is not the first time the two police agencies have come together. Each year, the Madawaska Police Department partners with the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office for the “Shop with a Cop” program, which has officers buying Christmas gifts for children from families of limited means.

“Madawaska PD and the sheriff’s office have a very good work relationship for community outreach projects,” Dubois said.

Cummings mentioned Thursday that things have gotten even better since the Madawaska Police Department got on board with the new County sheriff’s office dispatch system that went into effect at the end of August.

“Overall, we have an awesome relationship,” the sergeant said.

The event will take place at 8 a.m. at Tim Horton’s.

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