Want to get know local police officers? From 8-10 a.m. November 1, Clermont Police Department (CPD) will be hosting a Coffee with a Cop community event at Lucky’s Market, 1718 E HWY 50, in Clermont. Coffee with a Cop is a nationwide program that reinforces good relations between the community and its law enforcement agency. Clermont Police partnered with Lucky’s Market and invites the community out to strengthen this cause. Residents will get to sit down and talk to our local Clermont Police, ask questions, voice their concerns, and just get to know the officers in their neighborhoods.
“We are really excited to sit down and just chat with our Clermont citizens,” said Chief Charles Broadway, who also will be attending this event. “This partnership will help create an atmosphere that facilitates communication by breaking down the traditional barriers that so often exist between police officers and the citizens that they serve.”
Coffee with a Cop allows citizens to sit down in a relaxed, neutral atmosphere with no speeches, no agenda and no preset subjects. It allows them to be, one on one with an officer who works in the community in which they live, and discuss whatever concerns are important to them. The conversation is intimate and personal, important to the citizen and equally to the officer speaking with them. Coffee with a Cop provides a “face” for both the officer and the citizen to get to know each other and form a working trust by understanding the mutual goal they both have, – to build a better community. This will be a “distraction free” time with an officer, no pending radio calls or cell phones going off, and good conversation.