The North Tonawanda Police Department will host "Coffee with a Cop" from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, April 2, at the McDonalds at 315 Meadow Drive.
Officers from the North Tonawanda Police Department and community members will come together to discuss community issues, build relationships and drink coffee in an informal, neutral space.
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.
Most of the contact law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times to build relationships with members of the community. Some 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. It provides community members an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the department's work in North Tonawanda's neighborhoods.
The NTPD said it hopes community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns or simply get to know the officers.
"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, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.
For more information, contact Lt. James Daugherty at 716-692-4119.