The Wake Forest Police Department will host “Coffee with a Cop” at Back Alley Coffee Roasters, 314 S. Brooks St., on Saturday, Jan. 14, from 8 to 10 a.m.
“Coffee with a Cop” provides a unique opportunity for police officers and community members to come together in an informal, neutral setting to discuss community issues and build relationships – one cup of coffee at a time.
The majority of contact law enforcement officers have with the public tends to occur during emergencies or emotional situations, which are often not the best times to build relationships. “Coffee with a Cop” aims to breaks down barriers and allow for relaxed, one-on-one interaction.
All area residents are invited to attend, ask questions, and learn more about the Wake Forest Police Department. Back Alley Coffee Roasters will provide free standard coffee during the event, and several Wake Forest police officers will be on hand.
Attendees are discouraged from making speeches or airing grievances at this event.
“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 country, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.
The police department plans to host “Coffee with a Cop” on several occasions throughout the year at shops and restaurants throughout Wake Forest. The program aligns with Goal 2 of the Wake Forest Strategic Plan: Enhance and Promote a Safe and Connected Community.