Cpl. Teresa Fuller
Friday, September 28, 2018 at 9:34 a.m.
October 3rd is National Coffee with a Cop Day, so Spokane Police Department will hold our next Coffee with a Cop event in partnership with Starbucks next Wednesday, from 11:00am-1:00pm at the downtown Starbucks, 172 S Division. Neighborhood Resource Officers (NRO’s) from each SPD Precinct will be there as well as volunteers from the Spokane COPS Mounted Patrol Unit. Parking is available at Redemption Church to the south of Starbucks at 212 S Division.
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.
The Spokane Police Department is proud to partner with Starbucks to offer free drip coffee and great conversation at this Coffee with a Cop event!