ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- Elmira Police Chief Anthony Alvernaz invited residents to Wisner Market Thursday morning to join him for a cup of coffee.  

Elmira Police Chief Anthony Alvernaz invited people to sit down for a cup of coffee at Wisner Park. Elmira Tea and Coffee House were on site selling iced coffee and muffins during the opening of Wisner Market. Chief Alvernaz says these types of events help residents connect with local law enforcement directly to talk about concerns.  

“A lot of the things that we do stem from advice, intelligence, and information requests from the actual public,” Alvernaz said. “I believe those that live here every day, work here every day, have just as much input and insight into things that could be done as the officer on the street.”  

Chief Alvernaz hopes to host more 'coffee with a cop' related events in the future.