Berlin residents, police chat over coffee

Published on Sunday, 27 January 2019 21:16
Written by Charles Paullin


BERLIN - While rain poured Thursday morning, residents were in Josie’s Corner getting to know Berlin police over coffee.

The department hosted a “coffee with a cop” event at the diner at 166 Mill St. in an effort to build relations and promote the “#9PM Routine.”

“It’s nice to be able to just talk” with residents, said Officer Cathy Griffin, who organized the event.

The #9PM Routine is a campaign the department started on Facebook last year that asks residents to, every night at 9, bring in valuables and keys from the car, lock the car, lock the house and turn on exterior lights.

The hope is that fewer thefts of cars and items from cars in town will happen, Griffin said.

“We all need to help,” said Griffin. Many times, items are stolen from cars because they can be seen from the outside, she said.

To further emphasize the importance of protecting vehicles, the department raffled off a Ring doorbell, one of five the department has that Chief John Klett got at a conference. The doorbell can stream video to a user’s cell phone of what is going on in someone’s front yard. All that is needed is a WiFi connection, Klett said.

The event also was also simply an opportunity for residents to bring issues to the department’s attention, said Klett, including speeding in certain area.

The event also shows residents that the department is made up of real people, he and Griffin said.

Officers only give out tickets because they are enforcing the law and trying to keep the peace throughout town, Klett said, and don’t necessarily enjoy ticketing people.

Dick Puskarz, a resident of 44 years, attemded with his wife, Bernie Ann.

“He’s got the most fantastic department,” said Puskarz, praising its fast response. “We’ve never had any problems.”

The department will be looking to host these coffee events every other month, Griffin said.

Open houses at headquarters is being scheduled for April and September, Klett said.

Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-6074 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin on Sunday, 27 January 2019 21:16. Updated: Sunday, 27 January 2019 21:18.