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Park Ridge Police to Host Coffee With a Cop

Officers from the Park Ridge Police Department and community members will come together for five informal meetings, in neutral locations, to discuss community issues, build relationships, and to drink coffee over the next several months.

All community members are invited to attend. The events begin at the times, dates and locations listed below. Please contact Community Strategies Officer Julie Genualdi, 847-318-5233 or with questions.
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.
Events run from 9 am to 11 am each of the following mornings:
August 29       Beat 1              Dunkin Donuts- 2606 W. Dempster Street
September 5    Beat 4              Starbucks- 100 S. Northwest Highway
October 17      Beat 2              McDonalds- 1032 N. Northwest Highway
November 14 Beat 3              Dunkin Donuts- 1129 W. Touhy Avenue
December 17  Beat 5              Starbucks (Dominick’s) 1900 S. Cumberland
            The department wishes to thank the host merchants and appreciate their commitment to our policing philosophy, PACT (Police and Community Together).                     

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