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Artesia police and citizens exchange ideas

Artesia Police Commander Lindell Smith listens to a conversation during Friday’s Coffee with a Cop. (Mike Smith Photo)

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ARTESIA ­— Artesia residents were given the opportunity Friday morning to share things that are happening in neighborhoods around the community during Coffee with a Cop.

The two-hour meeting was held at the Jahva House near City Hall and Artesia Police Commander Lindell Smith said it gave residents the chance to meet with police officials on neutral ground.

“Just to talk about things that come up,” he said.

Smith said APD had a chance to talk with Jahva House patrons and pass out business cards and talk about future gatherings with the community.

He said that Coffee with a Cop will be taking place on the second Friday of each month.

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“We have certain expectations for ourselves at these events and to make contact with everybody that we can,” Smith said.

He added that it’s important for APD to build relationships with the community in order for information and ideas to be exchanged.

Smith was asked if the people who came by talked about specific things.

“They have not been real specific,” he said. “The things that people have talked about today have been things, like, ‘how can I start a neighborhood watch program in my neighborhood?’ or there seems to be a lot of suspicious vehicles in my neighborhood. Can you help me with that?’ Those are general things that we can talk about and come up with plans to move forward with all of those things.”

Smith said the department can also talk about specific issues with citizens as well.

“Maybe they had a burglary case that has happened at their house and they have property that is kind of mixed up in the case and has been seized and people want to ask specific questions concerning those things, we’re willing to have those conversations,” he said.

Smith said it’s important for residents and those passing through Artesia to have an open dialogue with APD to make the community a better place.

General assignment reporter Mike Smith can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 307, or at sports2@rdrnews.com.