2014-07-17 / Front Page

‘Coffee with a Cop’ to be held in Manistique

MANISTIQUE – Officers from Michigan State Police, other law enforcement agencies, and community members will meet on July 24 to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.

All community members are invited to attend. The event begins at 9 a.m. at Floyd’s Restaurant, 238 S. Cedar St. Contact Tpr. Fred Strich with questions: (906) 643- 7582 or at StrichF@michigan.gov.

“Coffee with a Cop” provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in the Manistique area, while supporting a local restaurant.

The majority of contacts law enforcement offices have 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 F/Lt. Joe Shier. “These interactions help the community to relate to our officers.”

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 advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.

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