RED BANK: HAVE A CUP WITH A COP

Press release from Red Bank Police Department

Tomorrow morning, April 4, Chief Darren McConnell (pictured) and the Red Bank Police Department will be hosting “Coffee with a Cop” at Readie’s Cafe, 39 Broad Street in Red Bank. Beginning at 8 a.m., Red Bank police officers and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.
Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. The program provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Red Bank’s neighborhoods.
The majority of contact that law enforcement has with the public happens 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.
Similar events are being held across the country, as local police 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.
All community members are invited to attend. Please contact Ptl. Jorge Torres with questions at (732)530-2777 x211, or jtorres@redbanknj.org.