Coffee with a Cop
Coffee with a Cop brings police officers and the community members they serve together - over coffee - to discuss issues and learn more about each other. A cup of coffee is a common bond, and it can help officers build better relationships with the communities they serve.
Community members are invited to have coffee with Bloomington Police Officers. AGENDA FREE. No speeches or specific topics. Just informal conversations about what matters to community residents.
Having a cup of coffee and talking with citizens is nothing new as most of us have mastered that skill. Having an organized and publicized event inviting the community to come talk with the police in an open, non-threatening environment is. We try to eliminate obstacles–such as radios, patrol cars and cell phones–for a short period of time to be more approachable and have relaxed conversations with community members.
The History of Coffee with a Cop
The Hawthorne, CA Police Department hosted the first Coffee with a Cop event in March, 2011 in an effort to better understand the needs and concerns of community residents.
Members of the Hawthorne Police Department were looking for ways to interact more successfully with the citizens they served each day. It was a huge and instant hit not only with the community but with the officers too. In less than five years, Coffee with a Cop events had been hosted in more than 2,000 communities in 49 states and is one of the most successful community oriented policing programs across the country.
Here is an excellent video on the events: https://vimeo.com/127870317 (link is external)
For Bloomington Police Officers, Coffee with a Cop gives all of us the opportunity, outside of crisis situations, to relax and visit with residents in the community we serve.
For Bloomington community members, Coffee with a Cop events provide access and opportunity for distraction-free conversations with their local Bloomington Police Officers.
The mission of Coffee with a Cop is to improve trust, break down barriers and strengthen relationships between police officers and the citizens we serve.
Open lines of communication & understanding between the Bloomington Police Department and the Bloomington community.
To address relevant issues in the community and
To foster a strong and reliable relationship between community members and the officers of Bloomington Police Department.
Coffee with a Cop will occur once a month where local businesses/organizations are invited to host the event for two hours.
The next event details are on the top left of this page under "events" or available by calling the Police Department at 952-563-4900.