The Capistrano Dispatch
On June 30, officers from the California Highway Patrol Capistrano Area office and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, have coffee and build relationships.
All community members are invited to attend Coffee with a Cop, which begins at 8 a.m. at Starbucks, located at 27622 Antonio Parkway in Ladera Ranch. Contact Officer Reynoso with questions at 949.487.4000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Orange County 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 aims to break 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. 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.