SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Spokane Police Department is launching a new monthly community engagement program, Coffee with a Cop.
Coffee with a Cop is an event where police and community members come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships and drink coffee.
The first Coffee with a Cop event will be held at 9 a.m. The Reboot Bar, 501 S Thor on Tuesday, January 21. All community members are invited to attend this event.
The Coffee with a Cop program is nationally recognized, has been implemented in hundreds of other U.S. cities, and provides a unique opportunity for community members to talk with officers and Spokane Police leadership regarding questions and concerns in an informal setting.
Spokane Police said the goal of the program is to increase community trust, police legitimacy and partnership building. This informal contact increases trust in police officers as individuals which is foundation to building partnerships and engaging in community problem solving. The program aims to advance the practice of Community Policing through improving relationships between police officers and the community, one cup at a time.