Purcellville to Host Coffee With a Cop

Purcellville to Host Coffee With a Cop

As summer begins to turn to fall, the Purcellville Police Department is looking to share a cup of coffee with the community. On Tuesday, September 6, 2016 from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., the department will host their fall kickoff of “Coffee with a Cop.” The event looks to help community members and police officers form relationships through shared conversation and coffee.

Coffee with a Cop will be hosted at Patrick Henry College, 10 Patrick Henry Circle, Purcellville.  The college’s coffee shop will be open and have coffee available for purchase.

Coffee with a Cop provides an opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in the town’s neighborhoods.

“The majority of interactions 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,” said Diana Hays, Purcellville Town Clerk and Project Manager, in a release. “Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction,”

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by the Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members.

“Good relationships are the foundation to good partnerships. It is my hope that the community always feels comfortable to ask us questions, bring their concerns to us, or simply get to know our officers,” said Purcellville Police Chief Cynthia McAlister.

Questions about this event, should be directed at the Purcellville Police Department at 540.338.7422, or cmcalister@purcellvilleva.gov.