Ceres Police Department: Coffee With a Cop 2013

Ceres, CA – On Wednesday, July 24, officers from the Ceres 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 hour-long event will take place at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 24th, at the McDonalds located at 1280 E. Whitmore
Avenue in Ceres. Please contact Lieutenant Brent Smith with questions: (209) 538-5721 or Brent.smith@ci.ceres.ca.us.

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Ceres’ neighborhoods. The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies or other emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community they serve and some may feel that officers on the street are unapproachable. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

“We hope that community members will feel comfortable asking questions, sharing their concerns, or simply get to know our officers,” said Ceres Police Chief Art de Werk. “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.”

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 being held across the county, 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 Art de Werk, Chief/Acting City Manager/Director of Public Safety Chief Art de Werk
2727 Third Street, Ceres, CA 95307 Office: (209) 538-5726 Fax: (209) 538-5707.