Going forward, the first Wednesday of each month will give Norwalkers the chance to sit down for lunch with their police chiefs.
Chief Thomas Kulhawik decided to start what he calls these "brown bag lunches" at police headquarters to gather community input.
"Whatever people want to talk about, complain about, criticize us about," Kulhawik says. "Communication is the key for everything."
Attendance was light for the first meeting Wednesday, but one Norwalk resident who came by says he likes the idea. Sherwood Taylor says he dropped in on the chiefs' lunch to recognize a police officer who goes out of his way to survey a bus stop close to his home.
"It's a good idea simply because it gives you a voice," he says.
"There's no downside to it," Kulhawik says. "It gives people an opportunity to come in, say hello, voice some issues."
He says giving residents an opportunity to do that in a less formal environment is useful.
"Sometimes in a meeting atmosphere, some people are afraid to speak in front of others," he says.
Kulhawik says, in addition to the monthly lunches, the department will plan evening office hours for people who work during the day.
You can find information on upcoming brown bag lunches on the Norwalk department's Facebook page, found here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Norwalk-CT-Police-Department/91930453640