Coffee Bonds Community and Police
FRONT ROYAL – In an effort to bond with the community and open up dialogues, the Front Royal Police Department is holding “Coffee with a Cop” at the Daily Grind on Main St. in Front Royal. Officers will be at the coffee shop from 8-10 a.m. on Oct. 2.
“Coffee With a Cop” is a national initiative supported by the United States Department of Justice and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. All across the country events like this one are held by local and regional police departments to create stronger bonds between citizens and those who police them.
“We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns or simply get to know our officers,” Front Royal Police Chief Kahle Magalis said in a press release. “These interactions re the foundation of community partnerships.”
Events like “Coffee With a Cop” are designed to have community members speak to law enforcement in non-emergency situations. Instead of approaching an officer on the street, these “low-pressure” situations can make it easier for both sides to find common ground. The neutral space of the coffee shop allows both sides to come together and discuss community issues and build stronger relationships within the community amongst citizens and police.
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