Bothell Police to host Coffee with a Cop on February 4th, 2016
Program offers opportunity to meet local officers, discuss community issues
Bothell WA—On February 4th, officers from Bothell Police 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 begins at 8:30 AM on February 4th at Starbucks located at 19122 Beardslee Blvd, Bothell, WA 98011. Please contact Tracy Richardson with questions: 425-487-5143, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Bothell’s 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 community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers,” said Chief Cummings. “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.”
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.