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Burbank Police Share Special Brew On National Police Officer’s Coffee With A Cop Day

Burbank Police took advantage of National Police Coffee with a Cop Day on Wednesday and set up camp at The Ugly Mug located on Burbank Boulevard.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

Several members of the public stopped by to ask questions, and to pose for pictures with Burbank PD’s pink patrol cruiser, which is raising awareness of breast cancer during the month of October.

BPD Coffee with a Cop at Ugly Mug

The Ugly Mug’s owners, Steve and Emily Nalbantian, were on hand serving up seasonal coffee in addition to their Kona Blend. Several members of Burbank Police Command Staff including Chief Scott LaChasse, Deputy Chief Michael Albanese, Patrol Captain Denis Cremins, and Captain Armen Dermenjian attended the event. Burbank Police Officers Union President J.J. Puglisi and Police Administrator Josephine Wilson were also there.

Community Resource Officers Angela Burrows and Karel Castro answered crime prevention questions and handed out materials along with  Sgt. Derek Green, who oversees the COPS Bureau.

Coffee with a Cop events are held numerous times throughout the year by the BPD for the public to meet local police officers and inquire about police operations, response times and other information.


Councilman Bob Frutos and BPD Honored at Luncheon

On the morning of November 3, the Burbank Coordinating Council hosted their second annual luncheon at Burbank Presbyterian Church, in which City Councilman Bob Frutos was honored along with the Burbank Police Department. 

During the luncheon, funds were collected for holiday baskets to donate to needy families. Last year, they collected enough to donate over 500 baskets, and they hope to give even more this Christmas season.

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“The selfless efforts and generosity of the honorees give us an outstanding example of the spirit of generosity that made America strong — and that continues to thrive in Burbank,” said Marsha Ramos, MC for the event.

“Bob and the honorable men and women of the Burbank Police Department have dedicated their lives to public service seeking to protect and improve the lives of children and families in our community.”

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Councilman Frutos, a Burbank resident of 25 years, has dedicated his life to public service. Beginning at a young age as a police cadet and later becoming a police community liaison officer, he continues in retirement to serve as a reserve officer. Frutos has been on the Burbank City Council for six years, serving one year as mayor.

“He is a generous spirit that stands out, he attracts good, inspires many and seeks to unite us.  He generously offers his time, talent and treasure in support of many worthy causes such as youth and senior services, our public schools, and many community-based organizations and charitable efforts here in Burbank,” said Ramos.

Councilman Frutos was awarded the “Spirit of Giving Award” by the Khalifeh family, on behalf of the BCC. He then said a few words, humbly thanking the community.

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The BPD also received the same award this year. Following the BCC’s recognition of Frutos’ life-long communal service, Ramos spoke about the police department’s positive impact on Burbank residents.

“The men and women in our police department selflessly service the public with courage, honor, and excellence. From responses to residential house calls to the extraordinary coordination of efforts in response to the LA Tuna Fire, the commitment of BPD to preserve life and property is demonstrated every day, 24-7 and an utmost professional way.”

Throughout the year, the BPD is involved with several programs to grow in their interactions with the community. Around Christmastime, officers make phone calls to schedule holiday basket deliveries, collecting food among other gifts, and giving the baskets to families in-person.

For 22 years, they have also participated in “Operation Chill,” a program that rewards kids with free 7-11 Slurpee coupons for good behavior and abiding by the law. Over 19 million coupons have been given out since the program began.

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Ramos listed several other communal activities the BPD have put on, including “Shop With A Cop” and “Coffee With A Cop,” both allowing residents to spend time and have conversations with local law enforcement.

During this time of year, officers partner with the Salvation Army to provide Thanksgiving Meals to families who can’t afford to celebrate on their own. BPD has also raised funds for the Boys & Girls Club, Arts for All, and the National Police Officers Memorial.

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“It has been said that a hero is someone who is selfless, who is generous in spirit, who gives as much as possible to help people. The men and women of The BPD fit the description, an exact match for this definition of a hero,” said Ramos.

A few of the sponsors who helped put on the luncheon include Capes4Cures, Cartoon Network, Burbank Water and Power, Burbank Federal Credit Union, and Handy Market.

Coffee With a Cop Scheduled for Saturday

If you are up Saturday morning and would like to discuss the Burbank Police Department while enjoying a cup of coffee, you are invited to “Coffee With a Cop” this Saturday, September 16 from 9 am to 11 am at the Starbucks at 4207 Riverside Drive, right next to Bob’s Big Boy.

Residents are encouraged to stop by and talk with police about community concerns or get answers to their questions regarding the Burbank Police Department.

This is a great way to interact with law enforcement on a casual basis.

Caffeine 2306 Hosts “Coffee with a Cop”

On Wednesday morning, Burbank Police command staff and officers joined residents at Caffeine 2306, a new coffee shop at 2306 W. Burbank Blvd., for coffee and casual conversation.  According to Deziree Williams, owner of 2306 Caffeine, shortly after opening in October an officer stopped by for a coffee, and suggested this might be a great spot for the next “Coffee with a Cop” event.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Coffee with a Cop is a recurring event where the police set up shop with a local café, and just spend a few hours with local residents and visitors, getting to know each other, sharing ideas, and having a bit of fun.

One resident, Lizelle Brandt, brought her 4-month-old baby by and simply Wanted to meet a cop, and say “thank you” for keeping her family safe.

Sgt. Joshua Kendrick, Burbank Police spokesman, noted that “Coffee with a Cop” is a project the department tries to support once every 2 to 3 months.    “We try to move the event all over the city” continued Sgt Kendrick.  “However, this is really the first time we’ve been in this area.”

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Amal De La Rosa stopped by and hoped she could pass on to the police that she’s concerned about speeders in her neighborhood during the evening.  With Chief Scott LaChasse, and a large group of police officers, Lieutenants, and Captains on site, eager to meet and chat with local residents, Ms. De La Rosa found the perfect audience to listen and consider her concerns.

Burbank Vice Mayor Jess Talamantes, also stopped by, also extending his welcome to the new Caffeine 2306 owner, and greet a few residents and visitors stopping by for a free coffee, provided by the Burbank Police.

Caffeine 2306 is not only a coffee shop, but also a cooperative shared workspace, offering shared and temporary working space, desks, and meeting rooms for entrepreneurs and others needing a low-cost place to work.  The coffee is great, the working spaces ready to support generating some creative ideas, and the owners happy to be of service.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Coffee with a Cop is an international project which started in Hawthorne, CA, now stretching across the US and Canada, Europe and Australia, and even Africa, “bringing police officers and community members together, over coffee, to discuss issues and learn more about each other – one cup at a time.“

You can keep up to date on Coffee with a Cop and other Burbank Police community programs either at the Burbank Police Department’s webpage (www.burbankpd.org), or on social media.