May 17, 2017-On June 1st, officers from Hammond Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.
All community members are invited to attend. The event begins at 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
at Schoop’s Restaurant 7235 Indianapolis Blvd Please contact Sgt. Scott Holbrook
with questions: (219)852-6376.
Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask
questions and learn more about the department’s work in Hammond’s neighborhoods.
The majority of contacts law enforcement has 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.
“We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring
concerns, or simply get to know our officers,” said Captain Alcox Hammond Police
Department. “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.”
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