‘Coffee with a Cop’: Building community relationships one cup at a time


McDonald’s and the Martin County Sheriff’s Office are inviting community members to Coffee with a Cop. The informal events, hosted by local McDonald’s in July and August, aim to help build relationships between officers and the communities they serve. (See locations, dates and time below.)

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 around Florida and across the country, as local departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve. 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.

Coffee with a Cop provides an opportunity  for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in their neighborhoods. It breaks down barriers and allows for relaxed, one-on-one interaction, with no speeches or agenda. That’s important since contact with law enforcement typically happens during an emergency, and some community members may be reluctant to approach officers on the street.

“We encourage community members to stop by, get to know their local officers, and enjoy a McCafé® coffee as our treat,” said Ricky Wade, one of the Martin County McDonald’s owner operators participating in the program. “We want guests to feel comfortable asking questions or talking about concerns in a relaxed, convenient setting.”

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 held across the Palm Beach and the Treasure Coast, as local law enforcement departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.

The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between officers and community members, one cup of coffee at a time.

COFFEE WITH A COP LOCATIONS
All events 8 A.M. – 10 A.M.

July 20 Indiantown 15438 SW Warfield Blvd
July 21 Stuart 5960 SE Federal Hwy/ Cove Road
July 22 Hobe Sound 11671 SE Federal Hwy
July 27 Jensen Beach 3546 NW Federal Highway
July 28 Palm City 2900 SW Martin Downs Blvd.
Aug.11 Stuart 3600 SW Federal Hwy. Wedgewood Commons

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