Yuma, Arizona.- Yuma Police Department to host Coffee with a Cop on February 16, 2023
On Thursday, February 16, 2023, the Yuma Police Department is inviting community members to come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships and drink coffee. Police Chief Thomas Garrity, sworn officers and non-sworn personnel will be on hand to answer questions or just sit and chat.
The event will be held between 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 16, 2023 at Cafecito, 176 South Main Street. All Community members are invited to attend.
Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in the City of Yuma neighborhoods.
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 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 country, 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.
Please contact Sgt. Johnny Vidrio with any questions. Johnny.Vidrio@yumaaz.gov