Source: La Mesa Police Department Press Release
May 2, 2016 (La Mesa) - On May 5, officers from the La Mesa Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee. All community members are invited to attend. The event begins at 8:00 AM at Starbucks, 5020 Baltimore Drive La Mesa.
Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in La Mesa neighborhoods. The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public occur during emergencies or emotionally charged situations. Those are not always the most effective times for relationship building and some community members may feel officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop helps break down those barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.
“This program is another fine example of our department’s commitment to strengthening our relationship with our community. Coffee with a Cop creates a welcoming environment where members of our community can personally meet the fine men and women of their police department to ask questions and share community concerns. Equally notable is the commitment of our business community partners. Their participation solidifies the City of La Mesa’s overall goal to promote partnerships and public safety” said La Mesa Police Chief Walt Vasquez.
Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the county 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.”