Coffee with a Cop
The Marshalltown Police Department is excited to announce the Iowa Veterans Home will be hosting Coffee with a Cop in conjunction with Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 839 and the American Legion Post 46. The event will be held on Wednesday, November 8th, 2017, at the Iowa Veterans Home located at 1301 Summit St (Veterans Blvd) in Marshalltown, from 8:00 am to 11:00 am.
The event will take place in the Malloy LRC room with parking available in the west lot off of Summit St. All community members are invited to attend.
This event will be unlike previous Coffee with a Cop events hosted by the Marshalltown Police
department. It will feature other local law enforcement from the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa State Patrol. The event will also feature Troopers, Deputies and Officers that have served in the armed forces as well in recognition of upcoming Veterans Day holiday on November 11, 2017. “We are lucky to live in a community that celebrates our nation’s veterans”, said Officer A.J. Accola. “As a veteran myself, I always enjoy talking with other veterans. This unique Coffee with a Cop event will allow the public to meet officers and veterans while discussing community issues.”
Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the police department’s work in Marshalltown neighborhoods. The goal is to establish new
bonds within the community and strengthen relationships already fostered. “We hope community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our police officers,” said Chief of Police Michael Tupper. “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.” A cup of coffee is a common bond. It brings people together and creates a relaxed atmosphere which we hope will promote open and honest dialogue about how we can work together
as one community to tackle the issues facing our community.”
The Coffee with a Cop program has received funding support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s
COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) Office, and its growth since 2011 continues at an exponential rate, reaching thousands of agencies throughout the United States and abroad (including Canada, Australia, Europe, and Africa). In fact, Coffee with a Cop was highlighted in the Final Report of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing as a way to build community trust and confidence. 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.