Orland Park Police To Host "Coffee With A Cop"

Orland Park Police To Host "Coffee With A Cop"
Posted on 06/23/2014

Officers from the Orland Park Police Department and community members will come together in an informal setting to discuss community issues, build relationships and drink coffee.

Everyone is invited to attend. The event will be held at 8:30 a.m. the morning of Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at Panera Bread, 15252 S. LaGrange Road.

"Coffee with a Cop" offers a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Orland Park neighborhoods.

The majority of contacts law enforcement have 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 Chief Tim McCarthy. “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. Local police departments will 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.

Please contact Sgt. Scott Malmborg with questions: 708 349-4111, smalmborg@orlandpark.org.