MASON CITY – On Saturday, October 24, 2015, officers from Mason City Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.
All community members are invited to attend. The event begins at 7:00 am on October 24 at Hy-Vee East, 551 S. Illinois Ave.
Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Mason City.
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.
Coffee with a Cop has no set agenda or program. It is simply a time to ask questions, bring concerns, or just get to know the Officers of the Police Department.
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.
The program aims to build and improve relationships between police officers and community
members one cup of coffee at a time.