Officers from the Hillsboro Police Department are inviting the local community to join them for an informal discussion on the issues facing the area, and to build relationships with them, while enjoying a cup of coffee.
The event, Coffee with a Cop, will take place on Wednesday, October 3rd at Momma's West Main Cafe, located at 131 West Main Street in Hillsboro.
The conversation starts at 9:00 a.m. and will provide a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Hillsboro’s 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. 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 Hillsboro Police Chief, Darrin Goudy. “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.