Monique Cotton, Director of Communication and Public Information, 509.363.8285
Friday, October 17, 2014 at 8:58 a.m.
The Spokane Police Department will hold our next Coffee with a Cop event, in partnership with River Park Square, on Wednesday October 22nd, from 12 to 2 p.m., in the River Park Square Atrium (in the main entrance area on the first floor of River Park Square).
Members of the community are invited to attend this event to engage with the Spokane Police Chief and Assistant Chiefs, the Captain of SPD's Downtown Precinct, and officers from SPD's Downtown Precinct.
Free coffee will be provided, courtesy of River Park Square.
In February, the Spokane Police Department initiated a new community engagement program called Coffee with a Cop. 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.
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.
Special thanks to River Park Square for partnering with SPD to host this community event and provide free coffee for participants.
Officer John O'Brien