'Coffee With A Cop' a hit

Members of the community met with Glendale police at Berolina Bakery on Ocean View Boulevard in Montrose on Feb. 6 to discuss neighborhood problems and just to get to know the local law enforcement that serve the area.

“Coffee With A Cop” is a program started by Officer Matt Zakarian to connect community members with police.

“We will also have law enforcement from other agencies like the C.V. Sheriff’s Station and LAPD (Los Angeles Police Department) from Tujunga,” Zakarian explained.

He added that the program is an effort to bring a more personal side to law enforcement and let the community speak out on concerns in the area.

Zakarian is assigned to the COPPS (Community Police Partnerships) office for Montrose and Crescenta Valley/Glendale area. He goes to meetings of the many homeowners’ associations in the area, and if he isn’t patrolling he can be found in his Community Police office at 3808 Ocean View Blvd.

During the Feb. 6 event nearby neighbors enjoyed breakfast baked goods and coffee as they chatted with Glendale officers about issues ranging from parking to burglary.

Community members are invited to the next “Coffee With A Cop” from 7 to 9:30 a.m. on March 3 at Montrose Bakery and Coffee Shop, 2325 ½ Honolulu Ave., Montrose.

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