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     December 7, 2018      #12-341 PB1

Coffee with a Cop set for Dec. 19

By Emily Cutts

The Rochester Police Department will holds its first Coffee with a Cop later this month.

The event is part of an effort to further Chief Jim Franklin’s mission of engaging the public and community while continuing to build up a “bank of public trust.”

The first event is scheduled from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 19 at St. James Coffee, 4156 18th Ave. NW. The chief is expected to attend as well as the department’s patrol captain and City Attorney Jason Loos. Across the nation, police departments and sheriff’s offices host their own Coffee with a Cop events.

Franklin said the event brings officers and community members together over a “simple cup of coffee” to discuss issues and learn more about each other.

“The mission is truly to break down the barriers between police officers and the citizens they serve,” Franklin said. “It allows the officers to have grassroots-level discussions with the citizens they serve and allows the citizens to get to know them and understand the human side behind the badge.”

Often times, Franklin said, people only interact with law enforcement during negative events or times of crisis. Coffee with a Cop gives citizens a different way to connect with law enforcement.

A second Coffee with a Cop is likely to occur in January and then will occur quarterly starting in February, Franklin said. Franklin said Thursday morning that Rochester Mayor-elect Kim Norton has been invited to the yet-to-be-scheduled January event.

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Emily Cutts