A Dunwoody police officer during a Coffee with a Cop event in 2014.
A Dunwoody police officer during a Coffee with a Cop event in 2014.

Officers from the Dunwoody Police Department invite residents to an informal, neutral space, Dec. 1 to discuss community issues, build relationships and drink coffee.

The ongoing Coffee with a Cop town hall takes place from 4 to 7 p.m at Crema Espresso Gourmet, which is located at 2458 Mount Vernon Road, in Dunwoody.

“We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers,” Chief Billy Grogan said. “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.”

All community members are invited to attend.

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Dunwoody’s neighborhoods.

Usually, police interact with people during emergencies or in emotional situations, which are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community. 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.

The program 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 country, 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 time.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Officer Trey Nelson at 678.382.6917, or trey.nelson@dunwoodyga.gov.

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