The Neptune City Police Department is hosting Coffee with a Cop Oct. 3 at the 7-Eleven, 40 Steiner Ave. beginning at 9 a.m.
The program offers opportunity for community members to meet local officers and discuss community issues
Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in its neighborhoods.
The majority of contacts law enforcement has 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, police said. 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 Edward D. Kirschenbaum, Sr., Director of Public Safety. “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.