Cedar Rapids Police Department to host Coffee with a Cop on Wednesday, December 4 at McDonald’s, 1530 1st Avenue NE
Program offers opportunity to meet local officers, discuss community issues
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – On Wednesday, December 4, 2019 officers from the Cedar Rapids 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 run from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. on December 4 at McDonald’s, 1530 1st Avenue NE. Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Cedar Rapids neighborhoods.
The majority of contacts that 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.
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 country, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities that 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.