Photo courtesy of the City of Gillette.
The Gillette Police Department (GPD) plans to connect with community members tomorrow morning at the third annual Coffee with a Cop event from 10 – 11 a.m. at Starbucks. The mission of the event is to break down the barriers between police officers and citizens in a setting where locals can ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know their neighborhood officers.
“Everyone is welcome,” GPD Lieutenant Brent Wasson said. “All of the officers look forward to it [this event] to interact with the community and get feedback on what’s going well and what could improve with law enforcement service.”
Each year, GPD choses a different coffee venue to host the event. The first was held at Coffee Friends, and the second was at K’s Coffee and Deli. This year, Starbucks was chosen.
“We’ve had great feedback from attendees,” Wasson said. He noted that some people were not able to attend in previous years as the event was held on a weekday, so he is hoping more community members will be able to be involved at tomorrow’s event.
Coffee with a Cop is a national annual event that began in Hawthorne, California, in 2011. GPD Officer Alan Stuber first introduced the idea to the department and continues to spearhead the local initiative where typically one to two dozen officers attend, alongside around 40 community members, according to Wasson.
More information on tomorrow’s local Coffee with a Cop event can be found here.