EL CENTRO â€“ On May 31, 2016, officers from the California Highway Patrol El Centro office and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, have coffee, and build relationships.
All community members are invited to attend. The event begins at 7:00 A.M. on May 31, 2016 at McDonalds located at 1990 S. 4th Street in El Centro CA 92243. Please contact Officer Fernando Alvarez with any questions: (760) 482-2500 or email@example.com.
Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the Departmentâ€™s work in Imperial Countyâ€™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 officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.
â€œWe hope community members will welcome the opportunity to ask questions, bring concerns forward, or simply get to know our officers,â€ said Karyn Mentink. â€œThese interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.â€
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 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.