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Albany Police To Host Coffee With A Cop - November 2, 2015 - 10/30/15
Program offers opportunity to meet local officers, discuss community issues.

Albany, Oregon - On November 2, 2015, officers from the Albany Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.

All community members are invited to attend. We hope to have more events like this in coffee shops around Albany. The event begins at 8:00 AM on November 2, 2015, at Red Daisy Coffee Co. located at 115 Ellsworth Street SW, Albany.

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department's work in Albany's neighborhoods.

The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

"We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers. These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships."

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the county, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve. The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.

Narcotics Seized
Narcotics Seized
Narcotis Seizure - Albany Police Department (Photo) - 10/30/15
On Wednesday, October 28, 2015, at about 7:30 p.m., Albany Police Street Crimes Detectives arrested 35-year-old Rekita Stidum for delivery of heroin. An ongoing Albany Police investigation had identified Stidum as a supplier of narcotics to dealers in Albany.

The arrest took place in the 400 block of NE Pine Street in Salem. The investigation then led to the seizure of dealer quantities of narcotics from Rekita Stidum's residence in the 1500 block of NE Broadway Street in Salem.

The following evidence was seized from Stidum's residence:
* Over 1 ?1/2 pounds of methamphetamine
* Over 1 ounce of crack cocaine
* Over 1 ounce of heroin
* Powder cocaine
* In excess of $3,000 U.S. currency
* A semi automatic handgun

Stidum's two children, ages 6 and 12, were at the residence when the narcotics were seized. As a result, the children were placed into DHS protective custody.

Stidum was lodged in the Marion County Jail on the following charges:
* Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine
* Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine
* Unlawful Possession of Cocaine
* Unlawful Delivery of Cocaine
* Unlawful Possession of Heroin
* Unlawful Delivery of Heroin
* Child Neglect
* Endangering the Welfare of a Minor

Attached Media Files: Narcotics Seized