The Berkeley Police Department has hosted another successful “Coffee with a Cop.” The event happened on April 19, officers said, and it allowed members from the community to speak with law enforcement about neighborhood concerns, to ask questions and to meet some of the men and women who work to keep the community safe.
It’s not immediately clear how many people attended.
Law enforcement groups say that Coffee with a Cop events help to build trust between citizens, police and sheriff’s department representatives.
The concept was first launched in Hawthorne, California in 2011. The idea then, as it is now, is to help break down barriers. As of April 2016, Coffee with a Cop events are now taking place in every state in the US. October 7 has been deemed National Coffee with a Cop Day; each year, every participating law enforcement agency hosts an event within the communities they serve.
Original article: Berkeley police invite residents to talk over coffee