Coffee with a Cop Event Slated for February 11

February 03, 2015

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union will host “Coffee with a Cop” from 8 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, February 11 in the B&B Café located in the Hoover Price Campus Center.

Dr. Andrew Bain, assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice at Mount Union, along with the Stark County Sheriff’s Department and the Office of Alcohol, Drug & Wellness Education at Mount Union, are working together to put on this free event.

Coffee with a Cop, which has been held in more than 175 cities in 36 states, brings police and community members together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships and drink coffee. Coffee with a Cop builds community trust, promotes police legitimacy and is especially effective in partnership building.

According to the organizations’ website, “one of the keys to Coffee with a Cop’s success is that it removes the physical barriers and crisis situations that routinely define interactions between law enforcement officials and community members. Instead it allows for relaxed, informal one-on-one interactions in a friendly atmosphere. This informal contact increases trust in police officers as individuals which is foundation to building partnerships and engaging in community problem solving.”

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