Coffee with a Cop events are set to begin this month to help Mobile police officers further build better relationships with the communities they serve. The Mobile Police Department hosts the first event Thursday, Sept. 29 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Gulf Coast Federal Credit Union, 1001 Springhill Ave.
“There is no agenda or forum, simply just everyone sitting around enjoying conversation and coffee getting to know each other,” said Officer Gary Owens, organizer of the Coffee with a Cop events.
The Hawthorne Police Department launched the program in 2011 from a brainstorming session in looking for ways to interact more successfully with the citizens they serve. Years later across the country, Coffee with a Cop has proven to be an effective community-oriented policing platform.
Supporting the mission, Gulf Coast Federal Credit Union sponsors Mobile’s Coffee with a Cop program. “We believe that mutual trust is critical between the police and our communities,” said David Lenoir, CEO of Gulf Coast Federal Credit Union. “Communicating directly with each other is the single best way to establish that trust.”
Coffee with a Cop will be held in different parts of town giving police the opportunity to interact with more citizens and more communities. A listing of the next scheduled events with locations will be released soon.
“For the Mobile Police to host Coffee with a Cop events demonstrate their willingness to share ideas and hear input from the very persons they are sworn to serve,” Lenoir added.