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CHP and Temecula PD to host Coffee with a Cop on June 7

 

Last updated 6/5/2019 at 5:35pm



TEMECULA - On Friday, June 7, officers from the California Highway Patrol (CHP), Temecula Area office, Temecula Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, have coffee, and build relationships.

The event begins at 8 a.m. at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf located at 31938 Temecula Parkway in Temecula.

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the Department’s work on the local freeways, county areas and 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 officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

“We hope community members will welcome the opportunity to ask questions, bring concerns forward, or simply get to know our officers,” said Commander Karyn Mentink. “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.”

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 law enforcement officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.

All community members are invited to attend.

Contact Officer Mike Lassig with questions at (951) 506-2000 or email [email protected]

 

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