On Monday November 9, 2015, officers from Hopewell Township Police Department and community members will come together for Coffee with a Cop, an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and a chance to drink some coffee. Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Hopewell Township and Hopewell Borough.
The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happens during emergencies or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship-building with the community and some community members feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down the 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 Lance Maloney. “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 country, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.
All community members are invited to attend. The event will be 4pm-5:30pm at Dunkin’ Donuts at 1 Tree Farm Road in Pennington. For questions, please contact Det. Michael J. Sherman (609) 737-3100 x523 or firstname.lastname@example.org.