Coffee with a Cop

Coffee with a Cop brings police officers and the community members they serve together–over coffee–to discuss issues and learn more about each other.

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 our nation’s communities have changed due to shifting demographics, more commuters, and the introduction of different communication methods such as websites and social media.

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 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.

Coffee with a Cop events are opportunities to build relationships in order to better problem solve with the people officers serve. This program eliminate obstacles–such as radios, patrol cars and cell phones–for a short period of time to be more approachable and have relaxed conversations with community members.  There are no speeches or specific topics. Just informal conversations about what matters to community residents.

If you have any questions regarding upcoming "Coffee with a Cop" events please feel free to contact Sergeant First Class Joseph Russo at (856) 589-8594 or via email at jxrusso@pd.twp.washington.nj.us