Bringing new meaning to the motto “to protect and to serve,” the Pleasanton Police Department held its fourth annual Cone with a Cop event in downtown Pleasanton on Wednesday, taking the time to engage with residents over ice cream treats.
Held at Pleasanton’s historic Meadowlark Dairy, this year’s Cone with a Cop saw dozens of residents of all ages eating ice-cream, playing games or just hanging out with police officers who were distributing chocolate, orange, lemon and vanilla ice cream.
“The main goal of Cone with a Cop every year is just to create a greater connection with our community. There is nothing more that we love than getting to know the people that we serve,” Pleasanton police spokeswoman Shannon Whitaker said, giving the Weekly the scoop on the program.
“Cone with a Cop is basically the epitome of everything that Pleasanton represents, community togetherness. The Pleasanton police department constantly talks about being better together and this is exactly what that is," she added.
Up to 20 officers, administrative staff, commander staff and explorers -- Pleasanton police cadets -- could be found sprinkled throughout the area, getting to know their community and enjoying the day.
“It’s one of our most fun events. We got the whole family out here and the police officers get to help serve some ice cream,” Meadowlark’s owner, Jesse Takens, told the Weekly. “It’s fun. We have a really great police department. They're all super nice (and) it’s good for the kids.”
Jesse is the third generation of Takens to own and operate Meadowlark Dairy -- originally founded as a full dairy by Walter Briggs Sr. on 153 acres of land off Foothill Road in 1919.