UHPD invites community for coffee Oct. 3

The first 50 people to attend "Coffee with a Cop" at Jack's Deli and Restaurant on Oct. 3 will receive a free coffee mug.

The University Heights Police Department (UHPD) is looking to build relationships with residents—one cup of coffee at a time.

On Oct. 3—National Coffee With a Cop Day—members of the UHPD will meet residents at Jack’s Deli and Restaurant, 14490 Cedar Road, 10–11:30 a.m. The agenda is no agenda; the event will be relaxed, informal and open for discussions about local issues of concern to everyone in University Heights.

Through one-on-one conversations with and between citizens, Police Chief Dustin Rogers said he hopes to encourage positive interactions between his department and the public. 

“Coffee with a Cop is what community policing is all about,” Rogers said. “A cup of coffee is a common bond. It can help us build better relationships between us and the community we are sworn to protect and serve.”

This event gives University Heights residents an opportunity to interact with their police department, outside of a crisis situation. Too often, a resident’s first interaction with a police officer is during an emergency, or while being pulled over for speeding.

National Coffee with a Cop day began as part of National Community Policing Week in 2016, and now continues each year on the first Wednesday in October, furthering efforts nationwide to bridge the gap between the community and the law.

The first 50 University Heights residents at Coffee with a Cop will receive a free coffee mug. Everyone who attends will enjoy free coffee. The cost of any food order will not be covered.

Mike Cook

Mike Cook is the communications and civic engagement coordinator for University Heights.

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