Upcoming Coffee with a Cop Events
Officers from the Park Ridge Police Department and community members come together throughout the year for informal meetings, in neutral locations, to discuss community issues, build relationships, and to drink coffee. Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and to learn more about the department’s work in Park Ridge’s neighborhoods. The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotionally charged situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for positive relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop attempts to break 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 Police Chief Frank Kaminski. “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 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.
All community members are invited to attend. Please contact Community Strategies Officer Julie Genualdi, 847-318-5233 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Join us from 9:00am – 11:00am at the following locations:
September 4th BEAT 3
Dunkin Donuts – 1129 W. Touhy Ave
September 17th BEAT 2
Lola’s Diner – 920 Busse Hwy
October 8th BEAT 1
Dunkin Donuts – 2606 W. Dempster
October 23rd BEAT 5
Mariano’s – 1900 S. Cumberland
November 8th BEAT 4
Whole Foods – 225 W. Touhy Ave