Have a cup with a cop

BAR HARBOR — Two of Bar Harbor’s finest are inviting everyone to join them for a cup of coffee and some conversation later this month.

Officer Brad O’Neil and chief Jim Willis will be at the Side Street Café on Jan. 9 from 1-2 p.m. for the “coffee with a cop” event. The casual gathering is meant to provide a relaxed forum for people to get to know officers a little better and vice-versa, O’Neil said.

“With all of the things going on in the nation … I felt it was a good idea to work on building trust within the community,” O’Neil said. “It’s a chance for people to come to this neutral place, ask us about things on their minds and share their concerns.”

O’Neil is hoping for a good turnout and said that if there seems to be enough interest, he would like to continue meeting with the public regularly in such a setting through the winter.

“We have to let people know they can trust us by letting them know that their civil rights and their liberty and their privacy are protected,” he said.

It’s also important to the police force that people see them as members of the community who are really no different from your average citizen when it comes down to it, he said.

“We all put our pants on the same way,” he said. “I’m not a different person. I just wear this uniform, because that’s my job. It’s important for people to understand that.”


Robert Levin

Robert Levin

Former reporter Robert Levin covered the people, businesses, governmental and nonprofit agencies of Bar Harbor. [email protected]
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