Coffee with a cop is a community-oriented policing initiative that began in Hawthorne, California in 2011. Since that time it has spread across the US and into several other countries. Its intent is to build trust by breaking down the physical barriers between the police officers and the community they serve. The system is simple. Officers and community members meet in a neutral space, free from the stress that is often present during contact with the police.
Our role is to seek out venues that are most conducive to the goals of the program. Restaurants, businesses, and special events all provide environments that are frequented by a large amount of citizens. During an event, officers get to know the citizens and determine what problems they want to see addressed by the police in their community.
Afterward, the success of the event is analyzed. Participants have an opportunity to submit reviews and criticism. This information is used to improve the planning of future events. If problems (such as traffic complaints) are identified during an event, we then plan for solutions to those problems. Possible solutions may include organizing extra traffic details in a particular area or establishing neighborhood watch programs.
Coffee with a Cop is not a service, nor is it a complaint box. It is partnership between the police department and those with a desire to take an active role in the protection of their own community.
It is our hope that community members will see how their participation in the program contributes to the success of law enforcement operations in their community.
When successful, this program has the ability to reduce crime, improve officer safety, reduce line of duty deaths/injuries, and improve community relations.
If you have questions about Coffee with a Cop, or if you wish to host or participate in an event, please contact:
Officer Troy Shoudel #114
Or visit coffeewithacop.com