Officers from the Orland Park Police department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships and drink coffee.
All community members are invited to attend. The event will
begin at 8:30 in the morning on June 25, at Panera Bread, 15252 S.
Coffee with a Cop
provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn
more about the department’s work in Orland Park neighborhoods.
The majority of contacts law enforcement have 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. The event breaks down barriers
and allows for a relaxed one-on-one interaction.
“We hope that community members will
feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our
officers,” said Chief Tim McCarthy. “These interactions are the foundation of
with a Cop 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
county. Local police departments will
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."