On March 7, 2017, officers from the San Luis Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.
All community members are invited to attend. The event will be held from 8:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. on March 7th at Galeria Cafe 1276 Main Street, San Luis, Arizona. Please contact Sergeant Marco Santana with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the police department’s work in San Luis neighborhoods.
The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.
“We hope that members of the community will take this opportunity to get to know their police officers,” said Police Chief Craig Higgins. “These events are great opportunities to ask questions, bring up concerns, or just talk to a police officer about any issue they may have.”
Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the county, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.
The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.