Please make plans to join us for our next “Coffee with a Cop” on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at the Hopkinsville Community College in the Academic Building at the Bookstore. This is not limited to just students at the college, but is for everyone in the community. During this Coffee with a Cop, we will also be collecting new unwrapped toys or gently used toys for our department's annual “Christmas Morning Miracle” Toy Drive. These donated toys will be delivered to needy families throughout Hopkinsville on Christmas morning. We hope to see you there.
The program will provide community members a unique way to ask questions in an informal and neutral environment about current issues that going on in the city’s neighborhoods. The majority of the contacts law enforcement has with the public is during emergencies, or in times of emotional distress which, aren’t most effective times to build relationships with the community. Coffee with a Cop helps breakdown those barriers and allows a more relaxed one-on-one interaction.
“We hope community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers,” said Hopkinsville Police Chief Clayton Sumner. “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.”
Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. This program also aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.