Sgt. Lydia Taylor, 509.481.8565
Monday, February 24, 2014 at 10:15 a.m.
The Spokane Police Department will hold our second Coffee with a Cop event on Tuesday, February 25th at 9 a.m. at The Dawn of the Donut, 3402 N. Division. All community members are invited to attend this event.
Spokane Police Launched a new Community Engagement Initiative called Coffee with a Cop last month.The Coffee with a Cop program is nationally recognized, has been implemented in hundreds of other U.S. cities, and provides a unique opportunity for community members to talk with officers and Spokane Police leadership regarding questions and concerns in an informal setting.
Coffee with a Cop is an event where police and community members come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships and drink coffee. It is a national initiative supported by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, and has been implemented in over 175 cities and towns in 36 states across the country.
The goal of the program is to increase community trust, police legitimacy and partnership building. Coffee with a Cop removes the physical barriers and crisis situations that routinely define interactions between law enforcement officials and community members. Instead it allows for relaxed, informal one-on-one interactions in a friendly atmosphere. This informal contact increases trust in police officers as individuals which is foundation to building partnerships and engaging in community problem solving. The program aims to advance the practice of Community Policing through improving relationships between police officers and the community, one cup at a time.
Officer John O'Brien