The relationship between law enforcement and citizens has, in recent years, become more and more strained and complicated. In some cases, that tension is simply caused by the two sides not knowing each other. Chief Durham and the rest of the Richmond Police hope to change that with face-to-face time at local coffee shops.
“Coffee with Cop” is a national campaign that encourages meet-and-greets. The mission is simple: “To improve trust and build relationships – one cup of coffee at a time.”
Meeting in a non-confrontational setting like the local coffee shop gives the community an opportunity to interact with officers, discuss policing across the city of Richmond, and get to know one another.
Opportunities to join the conversation this Wednesday, October 4th include:
- Chief Durham: 7:30 to 8 a.m., Stir Crazy Café, 4015 MacArthur Ave.
- First Precinct: (Two sessions) 10 a.m. to noon, 3 to 4 p.m.; Captain Buzzy’s Beanery, 2623 E. Broad St.
- Second Precinct: 9 to 11 a.m., Crossroads Coffee, 3600 Forest Hill Ave.
- Third Precinct:
o Sector 311: 9 to 11 a.m., Boyer’s Ice Cream & Coffee, 5808 Grove Ave.
o Sector 312: 9 to 11 a.m., Crossroads Coffee, 3600 Forest Hill Ave.
o Sector 313: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Starbucks, 400 N. Robinson St.
- Fourth Precinct: (Three sessions) 7 to 9 a.m., noon to 2 p.m., and 4 to 5 p.m.; Stir Crazy Café, 4015 MacArthur Ave.