Breckenridge Police host Coffee with a Cop |

Breckenridge Police host Coffee with a Cop

Breckenridge residents can sit down with a cuppa joe and talk to a local cop next Tuesday, thanks to a new initiative by the Breckenridge Police Department. “Coffee with a Cop” will take place at 3 p.m. at Yellow Arrow Coffee, on 103 S. Harris St.

The event will be an open forum, where people can chat with police and bring up traffic, safety or other community issues.

“We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers,” said chief Shannon Hayes in a statement. “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.”

Four cops will attend next week’s meeting, including chief Hayes and assistant chief Dennis McLaughlin, as well as a police sergeant and an officer.

“Sometimes the times we do get to talk to people they’re kind of emotionally charged, negative contacts. So we try to foster those positive contacts,” Mc Laughlin said. “We’re interested in helping community members have better quality of life; we’re interested in helping them with that and getting to know them.”

McLaughlin hopes to host Coffee with a Cop on a regular basis, either once a month or every other month. He also plans to switch meeting locations and times occasionally to allow more people to attend.

While the initiative is new to Breckenridge, Coffee with a Cop originally started in Hawthorne, California in 2012. Since then, the initiative has spread to 175 cities, and is supported by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. The goals of the meetings is to facilitate conversation in a relaxed, casual atmosphere, as most citizens encounter cops during emergencies or other difficult situations.

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