Visitors to Meadowlark Dairy will get an extra treat next Wednesday afternoon when Pleasanton police representatives will be on hand to help staff the downtown ice cream shop during the fourth annual Cone with a Cop event.
The community program allows police officers and personnel to interact with residents in a more relaxed setting, helping to build stronger relationships between the department and local citizens, according to Shannon Whitaker, community and public relations coordinator for Pleasanton PD.
"Any opportunity the police department has to connect with the community is extremely important to us," Whitaker told the Weekly.
"Most of our daily interactions involve taking reports, issuing citations or dealing with mostly negative situations. Community events such as Cone with a Cop give police department employees a chance to have positive, impactful interactions with the very people we protect and serve," she added. "Discovering their favorite ice cream flavor is a bonus."
The event, set to run from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday (July 10), will see police personnel meeting with residents, taking customers' ice cream orders, posing for photos and answering questions. Meadowlark Dairy is located at 57 W. Neal St.