Join the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) on Wednesday, October 4 to recognize National Coffee with a Cop Day. The Hawthorne, California Police Department designed and spearheaded this innovative program in 2011 with a simple goal: encourage community residents and law enforcement officers to casually interact, breaking down barriers to addressing crime and public safety. Since then, the movement has spread across the United States and internationally in Canada, Europe, Australia, and Africa. Last year, the COPS Office’s inaugural National Coffee with a Cop Day saw more than 600 events take place across the United States and Canada, representing the participation of more than 2,000 law enforcement agencies.
National Coffee with a Cop Day events are hosted by police departments that lead agenda-free, informal, one-on-one conversations with community members on topics that matter to the general public. For more information and to find out if there are events happening in your area, visit the National Coffee with a Cop Day website.