NBPD partners with Java Bakery Café for Mobile Cafe

On May 25, the Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) held their 17th Mobile Café event at Java Bakery Café on Bayside Drive. There were approximately 100 attendees present along with 24 NBPD staff members including lieutenants, sergeants, detectives, motor officers, patrol officers, civilian staff and volunteers.

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Photos courtesy of NBPD

Java Bakery Café Owner Gulay Senbay (center) and NBPD staff members

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Sgt. Steve Oberon (second from right) with Java Bakery Café staff

NBPD Sergeant Steve Oberon, along with a team of sworn, civilian and volunteer staff, launched the first NBPD Mobile Café in July 2022. Sergeant Oberon’s vision was to bring police department employees and community members together in an informal space to discuss community issues and build relationships.

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NBPD volunteers were all smiles as they greet community members attending the Mobile Café

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Java Bakery Café provided coffee, water and lots of treats for the community to enjoy during the event

The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies or high-stress situations. Unfortunately, those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship-building with the community. The NBPD Mobile Café allows for relaxed, one-on-one interaction and a unique opportunity for community members to learn more about the Department’s work. This is a comfortable setting for residents to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know the officers that work in their neighborhood. These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.

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NBPD vehicles including a motorcycle, a patrol car and a beach vehicle were on display for community members to check out

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Mobile Café events provide a perfect place for residents to get to ask questions and get to know the officers that are working in their area

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(L-R) Lieutenants Gary Clemente and Eric Little converse with community members

If you have or know of a business in Newport Beach that would like to partner with NBPD for a Mobile Café event, reach out to Sgt. Steve Oberon at soberon@nbpd.org.


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