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Moreno Valley Police Department Hosting
Coffee with a Cop

Image of Sheriff badgeCoffee with a Cop ImageMoreno Valley Police Department officers are hosting a Coffee with a Cop event on Wednesday, February 25th to provide a unique opportunity for community members to meet with police officers in an informal setting. The February 25th event will begin at 8:00 a.m. at Bravo Burgers located at 21635 Eucalyptus Avenue.

Coffee with a Cop events are designed to build relationships between officers and citizens to facilitate needed discussions about community issues. The event also provides an opportunity for the community to learn more about what is happening in Moreno Valley’s neighborhoods. “We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers,” said Police Chief Joel Ontiveros. “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.”

About Coffee with a Cop: The majority of contact that law enforcement officers 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.

Coffee with a Cop events are set to occur bi-monthly. As dates for 2015 events become available, they will be posted on the MVPD webpage of the City’s website and on the City’s Facebook page.

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. 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.