On Saturday, February 24, from 4:30-7:30 pm, the second annual “Pizza with the Police” event will be held at Zeno’s Pizza located at 109 East Main Street in Marshalltown. Zeno’s will be offering a $6 all you can eat pizza buffet and a soft drink during the event. We are hoping for a big turnout.
"Pizza with the Police” is part of the Marshalltown Police Department’s Coffee with a Cop program. 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.
The Coffee with a Cop program has received funding support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) Office, and its growth since 2011 continues at an exponential rate, reaching thousands of agencies throughout the United States and abroad (including Canada, Australia, Europe, and Africa). In fact, Coffee with a Cop was highlighted in the Final Report of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing as a way to build community trust and confidence.
“We hope community members will feel comfortable 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 community partnerships.” A cup of coffee, or a piece of pizza, 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.”
Coffee with a Cop programming and events provide a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the police department’s work in Marshalltown neighborhoods. The goal is to establish new bonds within the community and strengthen relationships already fostered.
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.
For additional information, please contact Officer David Danielson at 641.754.5725 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.