Burien’s ‘Coffee with a Cop’ event on Tuesday morning, April 18, 2023, was held from 8-10 a.m. at the Ambaum Starbucks location.

An estimated 50 residents and community members were in attendance to air their grievances and converse with local police officers about malleable solutions to the social crises most impacting Burien today: crime and homelessness.

Officer Tom Calabrese gave readers of The B-Town Blog his recommendations for keeping residents safe – at home and at work.

“Is burglary up? Yes,” Calabrese offered. “Do your best to keep yourself secure and not a target. Make sure doors are locked and windows are closed if you’re not at home.”

Keeping a watchful eye is recommended, but being able to install a security system with video is an even better mechanism to prevent potential catastrophe.

Calabrese said, “If you can afford a security system, that’s huge. A camera system is even better. Even if you get victimized, video footage gets us a possible suspect without the need for a warrant.”

As for the latest update on the police pursuit law, Calabrese offered, “There’s a new bill being pushed forward that will give police more of an opportunity to chase suspects if they have reasonable suspicion.”

This means not having to wait for a warrant to act.The bill still must pass both Washington’s House and Senate chambers, but it’s a promising solution to reining in crime and creating a safer functioning society.

“We’ll still be limited on who and what we can and can’t chase, but it gives us flexibility on this decision,” Calabrese said.

For Officer Mark Hayden, the Burien Coffee with a Cop event was a smashing success.

“The ability for people to connect with their local police department, ask questions to their local police department and have a positive experience with their police department is huge,” Hayden said.

It’s a dynamic opportunity – and it’s necessary. Some might argue more now than ever before.

If you missed ‘Coffee with a Cop’ in Burien Tuesday, don’t fret – the Burien Police Department and Starbucks are planning another opportunity to connect the community with local police officers this summer.

Have questions? Want to report a tip? The Burien Police Facebook page is regularly updated and the office number is (206) 477-2200.

Below are photos from the event – click arrows to view slideshow:

Sarah has been in media and publishing for over 16 years and previously served as the president of the Society of Professional Journalists.