October 2, 2019
On Wednesday, October 2, several South Bay Police Departments will be participating in National Coffee with a Cop Day
The U.S. DOJ, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) has declared October 2 as National Coffee with a Cop Day. The Coffee with a Cop program was started by our own Hawthorne Police Department in 2011 as a way to help “break down barriers” between police and the community.
The concept is simple, Police officers and community members come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee. Since 2011, Coffee with a Cop has done wonders for community trust and partnership building.
One of the keys to Coffee with a Cop’s success is that it removes the physical barriers that routinely exist between police officers and community members, allowing for the relaxed, one-on-one interactions which are the necessary foundation of partnerships. Informal contact in a friendly atmosphere increases trust between police officers and the members of our community which is critical to public safety and problem solving.