For more than a year, the Bemidji Police Department has given community members the opportunity to chat with officers and ask questions through “Coffee with a Cop” events. Wednesday’s get-together had a similar format, but a much younger target audience — and replaced the caffeine with sugar.
Atlanta Police are working to get even better connected to the community. With that goal in mind, officers hosted an event called Pop with a Cop Wednesday night.
The Eau Claire Police Department says “Coffee With a Cop” is a continued initiative that has allowed them to form close relationships with people in the community and ultimately make it safer.
The day was filled with local community members and plenty of tourists enjoying the sunshine. This made a perfect opportunity to have our Coffee with a Cop event, which welcomes members of the public to ask questions and to be apart of open discussions about community issues.
Members of the township Police Department work every day to better the community, but on the morning of July 11, they served residents in a different way. Officers worked alongside employees at the drive-thru window and behind the counter of the Dunkin’ Donuts on Jimmie Leeds Road, taking orders and handing out food and drinks.
Sitting at the bar in Ruben’s Restaurant Friday morning, Pittsylvania County resident Bruce Barker took time to get to know Danville’s police chief and sheriff. “You get to know them and get to realize they’re people, too, just like we are,” Barker said.
Moxham resident Sue Bopp said the program is a wonderful chance for the community to connect with officers and vice versa. “You’re not just a voice on the phone, they get to know you a bit,” Bopp said. “To me, it makes me feel more comfortable knowing that you have that opportunity to talk to them.” She added that it’s important to have a connection with the police so they can become more than just a stranger. “The more personalization you can add into it the better it’ll be,” Bopp said.
Police officers from around the country started the idea of “coffee with a cop” more than a decade ago. The goal was to skip the media and go directly to the public with their own message. A few years ago, the Tucson Sector of Border Patrol adopted the same concept.
More than 20 community members attended July 4th’s Coffee with a Cop, despite the event being held on a holiday.
Thursday was a day for free coffee, cookies, and discussion. McDonald’s was the host for Garden City P.D’s first coffee with a cop.