GREENWICH, Conn. — Carol Swift made sure to give high marks to Greenwich Police Officer Jason Levy for his instructional work in a women's self-defense class last year.
"He was fabulous," she said while standing beside Levy at a Coffee with a Cop at CFCF Roastery and Café at 118 Greenwich Ave. on Tuesday. "They were really really helpful in teaching me self-defense and building confidence."
She and others went to the coffee shop to show their appreciation of Greenwich Police.
That support was appreciated.
"It's fantastic," said Levy. "It's nice to reconnect with your former students and sometimes we meet on unfortunate circumstances so it's nice to meet here on positive circumstances."
Officer Kate Ciarleglio joined in Levy's sentiments.
"It's really great to connect with the community, and I know a lot of police departments across the country are struggling in their communities and I think it's great that our community believes in us so much."
Jack and Suzanne Testani had a special reason to stop in since their son, Alexander, is a Greenwich Police officer. The couple live in Trumbull, but Suzanne works at the Greenwich Senior Center while Jack works in Stamford. Both are elected officials in Trumbull, and they said they appreciate how the event helps tie police with the community.
"It humanizes the police department to the populace," Suzanne Testani said. "It gets them to understand they are not just responsible for law enforcement but they they are also someone they can turn to in a time of need."