October 2, 2019
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.
Members of the Hawthorne PD will be at McDonald’s from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. For additional information, visit the website at http://hawthornepolice.com/. McDonald’s is located at 5310 West Rosecrans Avenue, Hawthorne, CA 90250.
The Manhattan Beach PD has cancelled their event due to the loss of one of their employees in Las Vegas. There will be a Candlelight Vigil on Wednesday, October 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Manhattan Beach Pier.
Members of the Redondo Beach PD will be at Catalina Coffee from 8 to 10 a.m. For additional information, contact Mike Diehr at 310-379-2477. Catalina Coffee is located at 126 North Catalina Avenue, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.
Members of the Torrance PD will be at Starbucks. For additional information, visit https://local.nixle.com/alert/7498076/?sub_id=417692. Starbucks is located at 18308 Hawthorne Boulevard in Torrance.