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Posted on: October 31, 2016

Pocatello Police to Host Coffee with a Cop

Pocatello Police

On Monday, November 14th, officers from the Pocatello Police Department and community members will come together in an informal setting to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee. All community members are invited to attend Coffee with a Cop. The event begins at 8am until 10 am on Monday, November 14th at McDonald’s, 1011 S. 5th Ave.

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Pocatello’s neighborhoods.

The majority of contacts law enforcement have with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down 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 Scott Marchand. “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 have been held across the country since 2011, 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.

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