The Mountain Village Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee. This free event – Coffee with a Cop – takes places March 29 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Telluride Dogg House in Mountain Village’s Heritage Plaza.
Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Mountain Village. 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 Mountain Village Police Chief Chris Broady. “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 county, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.