Police underestimated the turnout for Donut With A Cop, a casual gathering for residents to talk with police about what’s on their minds or to just meet with police.
Three dozen donuts ran out quickly Wednesday as several dozen people turned out for the Gulfport Police Department’s community relations program at the Gulfport Public Library.
But police officials said they will take heed to what they heard.
Some residents complained about traffic problems or the prevalence of large trucks on Lewis Avenue, which runs from Beach Boulevard, or U.S. 90, to 17th Street.
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Others asked questions on how the police department works.
And others just wanted to meet police, including two children who had one-on-one chats with officials.
Police administrators, detectives and several patrol officers were on hand.
Stanley Hastings of Gulfport wanted to tell police about his main concerns.
“Loitering and panhandling,” Hastings said.
“It’s exciting that police would have a get-together like this.”
But Hastings didn’t get a chance to tell police.
The donuts ran out, guests left and police ended the two-hour gathering early.
Officials were pleased with the turnout and hearing residents’ concerns, said Sgt. Joshua Bromen, public information officer.
The police department plans to hold the program again, he said, but they will order more donuts next time.