Coffee with a Cop

The Woodburn Police Department will be hosting its first-ever Coffee with a Cop event on Tuesday, Sept. 19 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Starbucks located inside Safeway at 1550 N. Pacific Highway.

Coffee with A Cop launched in Hawthorne, Calif. in 2011, resulting from a brainstorming session with local law enforcement officers. Members of the Hawthorne Police Department were looking for ways to interact more successfully with the citizens they served each day.

Community policing has long been considered a framework for establishing trust between the community and the police. However, over time the character and composition of nation’s communities have changed due to shifting demographics, more commuters and the introduction of different communication methods such as websites and social media.

The Hawthorne Police Department hit upon a simple plan to break through the barriers that has been built on over the years – a cup of coffee.

In less than five years, Coffee with a Cop events have been hosted in all 50 states and is one of the most successful community-oriented policing programs across the country. The program has also expanded to outside the U.S. to Canada, Europe, Australia and Africa.

The key to Coffee with a Cop’s growing success is that it opens the door for interactions outside of the crisis situations that typically bring law enforcement officers and community members together.

“I believe in community policing and that it is vital to a successful police department,” said Woodburn Police Chief Jim Ferraris. “I’ve seen it work first hand and I am excited to begin this in Woodburn. Our officers are looking forward to it and with everything that is going on throughout the country right now this is an opportunity for us to engage in great conversations with community members.”

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