Coffee with a Cop
Program offers opportunity to meet local officers, discuss any and all issues.
The Marshalltown Police Department is excited to announce the next Coffee with a Cop event will be
held on Monday, July 9, 2018, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Our gracious host will be the Orpheum Coffee
Shop located at 220 East Main Street in Marshalltown. The Orpheum Coffee Shop will be providing free pancakes from 9:00 am to 11:00 and a free sack lunch from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. All are welcome to attend.
Coffee with a Cop is an innovative program started by the Hawthorne (California) Police Department
(HPD) in 2011 in response to tensions between the police and the community. The HPD wanted to help
break down barriers, so they came up with a simple plan: Officers invited their residents to join them
for a cup of coffee and a conversation. They called it Coffee with a Cop, and it has been spreading like
wildfire ever since the first cup was poured. Today more than 2,000 law enforcement agencies and the
communities they serve have participated in this program.
“We hope community members will feel comfortable enough 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 effective 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 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. We hope to see a large crowd on July 9! Be safe Marshalltown!