Coffee with a Cop program helping to build stronger ties with communities

Coffee with a Cop program helping to build stronger ties with communities

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Coffee with a Cop was created in California and is designed to promote positive public-police relations through informal conversation in a relaxed environment. Members of the community are encouraged to 'talk story' with officers outside of crisis or enforcement situations, away from distractions. Coffee with a Cop is a way to meet and talk one-on-one with an officer.

This training will build on the communication skills that our officers already have, and give the community the opportunity to learn from the experiences of other police officers.

Citizens are encouraged to bring up their concerns and converse with officers in an open and informal setting.

"We hope that these 'talk story' sessions will give the public another way to tell us what's happening in their neighborhoods and what's important to them," said Chief Louis Kealoha.  "Many public-police interactions involve emergencies and emotionally-charged situations, and these sessions provide a positive alternative."

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.  Since 2011, Coffee with a Cop has been implemented in all 50 states, Australia, Europe, and Canada.  It provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about police work.

For more information, contact the Wahiawa Police Station at 723-8703.

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