Coffee with A Cop was launched in Hawthorne, California in 2011, as a result of a brainstorming session. Members of the Hawthorne Police Department were looking for ways to interact more successfully with the citizens they served each day.
Community policing has long been considered a framework for establishing trust between the community and the police. However, over time the character and composition of our nation’s communities have changed due to shifting demographics, more commuters, and the introduction of different communication methods such as websites and social media.
In less than five years, Coffee with a Cop event has been hosted in more than 3000 communities, in all 50 states and is one of the most successful community-oriented policing programs across the country. The program has also expanded to outside the United States to Canada, Europe, Australia, and Africa.
The Nogales Police Department is the first agency to bring this program to our community, and we certainly aim to continue having this close contact with the public we serve. The key to Coffee with a Cop’s growing success is that it opens the door for interactions outside of the crisis situations that typically bring law enforcement officers and community members together. Look at our local advertisements and follow us on social media for the next Coffee with a Cop event. Hope to see you there!