Corcoran residents are invited to have Coffee with a Cop on Friday morning, July 31, at Amore Café.
The event will get underway beginning at 7 a.m. and aims to bring community and cops together in an informal, neutral setting to discuss local issues, build relationships—and drink coffee.
The majority of contacts law enforcement have with the public happen during emergencies or emotional situations. Those situations don’t always provide the most conducive environment for relationship-building. Some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.
“We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns or simply get to know our officers. These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships,” noted Chief of Police Reuben Shortnacy, a longtime advocate of community policing.
Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). Similar events are being held across the country, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.
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. Coffee with a Cop will be held on a quarterly basis at different places in the city.
The public is invited to attend the first coffee at Amore. For more information or to reserve a spot, contact Officer Curtis Haug at 469-6557 or by email at email@example.com.