Hillsborough Police to Host Coffee with a Cop on March 23

Thursday, March 16, 2017
Hillsborough Police to Host Coffee with a Cop on March 23

Join Hillsborough officers Thursday, March 23, for the Hillsborough Police Department’s Coffee with a Cop from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the McDonald’s on South Churton Street.

Coffee with a Cop offers officers and community members a chance to meet in an informal space to discuss community issues, build relationships and drink coffee. McDonald’s is located at 400 S. Churton St.

“In Hillsborough, there is not an ‘us and them’ mentality between the community and the police,” said Lt. Andy Simmons, commander of the Community Services Unit. “We are all one community and are community partners in all things that we do. The Police Department and the community are a united front with an overall goal to keep our town as one of the greatest places to live in small town America.”

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services. It is intended to break down barriers and allow for relaxed, one-on-one interaction. The majority of contact that law enforcement officers have with the public occurs during emergencies or emotional situations, which often are not effective times for building relationships with the community. Some community members also may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street.

Coffee with a Cop provides an opportunity for community members to ask questions and to learn more about the department’s work in Hillsborough neighborhoods. It aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.

For more information, contact Simmons by email or by phone at 919-296-9522.