POTTSTOWN PA – Most “Coffee With A Cop” events held in recent years across Pottstown have involved just one law enforcement agency and the specific public it serves. On Saturday (June 8, 2019), though, that model will shatter as officers and administrators from four police departments – those in Lower, Upper, and West Pottsgrove townships, and the borough of Pottstown – serve up coffee for all takers.
The jointly sponsored “Coffee With A Cop” is scheduled for 8-10:30 a.m. at Brookside Family Restaurant, 1338 N. Charlotte St., according to the Lower Pottsgrove department website.
Like those before it, the program offers the public an opportunity to meet and talk with local chiefs and officers and discuss community issues, build relationships, or just drink coffee. The restaurant is selected as “an informal, neutral space,” Sgt. Wil James of the Lower Pottsgrove department explained.
“These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships,” Lower Pottsgrove Chief Michael Foltz noted. The majority of contact law enforcement has with the public happens during emergencies, or emotional situations, he suggested, and those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community. Some community residents also may feel officers are unapproachable on the street.
“Coffee With A Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction,” he said.
It also represents a national initiative supported by the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the county.
For more information contact James at 267-772-9508, or send him an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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