New Canaan’s Four Newest Police Officers Greet Community at ‘Coffee with a Cop’

Dozens of residents popped into a popular coffee shop downtown Friday to meet the four newest members of the New Canaan Police Department. During a two-hour “Coffee With a Cop” gathering at Zumbach’s, Officers Emily Clark, Erin McCarthy, Giancarlo Vincenzi and Joe Schinella met and fielded questions from locals. Sworn in last summer and now graduated from the State of Connecticut Police Academy, the officers mingled with residents for one of the first times since starting field training earlier in the week. Deputy Chief John DiFederico called the informal meet-ups “vital.”

“We serve the community,” DiFederico said as the always-busy Zumbach’s filled with patrons. “We have to meet the community and get to know them.