As a way to improve relationships between the public and law enforcement, the Oakhurst Area office of California Highway Patrol invites the public to attend its first-ever Coffee with a Cop March 30 inside The Cool Bean Cafe, located at 40120 Highway 41.
From 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Commander J.R. Daughrity said officers will sit down with the public in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues.
“We hope community members will welcome the opportunity to ask questions, bring concerns forward, or simply get to know our officers,” Daughrity said. “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.”
“I think it will be very beneficial to build this relationship, especially in a small community,” added Kaci Lutz, public information officer. “Now that we’ve been able to start community programs like these, it’s really opened doors for us to be able to create a positive connection with the public.”
Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice. As the majority of contact with law enforcement happens during emergency or emotional situations, officials said the program helps break down any subsequent barriers to help build community relationships in a relaxed environment.
Similar events are being held throughout the country.
Details: Public information officer Kaci Lutz, (559) 658-6590.