Program offers opportunity to meet local officers, discuss community issues
Mesquite NV — This Wednesday, October 4th, officers from the Mesquite Police
Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to
discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee or hot chocolate.
All community members are invited to attend. The event begins at 07:00 a.m. on 10/04/17
at Jack in the Box Restaurant located on Sandhill Blvd.
Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions
and learn more about the department’s work in Mesquite’s 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.
“We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns,
or simply get to know our officers,” said Mesquite Police Chief Troy Tanner. “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 police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.