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Posted on: January 21, 2019

[ARCHIVED] MPD Coffee with a Cop - February 6, 2019

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The Marshalltown Police Department is excited to announce the next Coffee with a Cop event will be held on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, from 7:00 to 10:00 am.  Our host will be Hy-Vee located at 802 South Center Street in Marshalltown.  All are welcome to attend.

Coffee with a Cop is an innovative program started by the Hawthorne (California) Police Department (HPD) in 2011 in response to tensions between the police and the community. The HPD wanted to help break down barriers, so they came up with a simple plan: Officers invited their residents to join them for a cup of coffee and a conversation. They called it Coffee with a Cop, and it has been spreading like wildfire ever since the first cup was poured. Today more than 2,000 law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve have participated in this program.

“We hope community members will feel comfortable enough to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our police officers,” said Chief of Police Michael Tupper.  “These interactions are the foundation of effective community partnerships.”  A cup of coffee is a common bond.  It brings people together and creates a relaxed atmosphere which we hope will promote open and honest dialogue about how we can work together as one community to tackle the issues facing our community.”

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.  We hope to see a large crowd on February 6!  Be safe Marshalltown!

For additional information, please contact Officer Dave Danielson at 641.754.5725 or via email at ddanielson@marshalltown-ia.gov

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