“Coffee with the Cops” event. Saturday, July 23, 2016, with community members at the Ardmore McDonald’s, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event is a chance to come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and enjoy some coffee compliments of the LMPD.
All community members are invited to attend, at 111 W. Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore. Please contact the Crime Prevention Unit with questions, at (610) 645-6240.
Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the
department’s work in Lower Merion’s neighborhoods.
The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community and 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.
“Residents who have attended so far have really enjoyed interacting with our officers,” said Lower Merion Police Superintendent Michael McGrath. “We’ve found these events to be invaluable in helping residents feel comfortable asking questions, bringing concerns, or simply getting to know our officers with no agenda or speeches.”
Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are increasingly 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.