Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Peoria’s neighborhoods. The majority of contact law enforcement has with the public happens during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for building relationships with the community. Also, some community members feel that it is difficult to just walk up to an officer on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.
It’s a simple concept... police and community members come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee. This informal contact increases trust in police officers as individuals which is a foundation to building partnerships and engaging in community problem solving.
So pull up a chair and grab a cup of coffee….
Coffee with a Cop has been held in more than 175 cities and towns in 36 states. It is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.
Next Coffee with a Cop Event:
To be announced.
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