Community members are invited to attend Canton’s first round of Coffee with a Cop sessions being held over the next month.
Dates and times are as follows:
- Sept. 20, 9–11 a.m., at Bob Evans restaurant, 41190 Ford Road
- Oct. 5, 1– 3 p.m., at the Village Coffeehouse, 50166 Cherry Hill Road
- Oct. 18, 9 –11 a.m., at L. George’s Coney Island restaurant, 43711 Michigan Avenue
- Late October event date and location to be determined
The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies or stressful situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for 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,” Deputy Chief Scott Hilden said. “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.”
Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by the United States Department of Justice. Similar events are held across the country. This program aims to advocate the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.