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Coffee With a Cop Event at Aromas Cafe in Murrieta offers unique opportunity for Southwest Riverside residents to speak with law enforcement officers

Coffee with a Cop French Valley Cafe Aromas

Coffee with a Cop French Valley Cafe Aromas

Have you ever wanted to ask a police officer a question but there never seems to be a good time?

On Saturday, June 14th, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s Southwest Station will host Coffee with a Cop .  The event will be held at the Aromas Café, located at 29950 Hunter Rd #103 , in the city of Murrieta.

Deputies from the Southwest Station and French Valley community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee. All members of the French Valley community are invited to attend.

There is no agenda or formal speeches, just casual conversations about your community, with those who serve.  Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in the French Valley neighborhood.

The majority of contacts 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.  Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

We hope that French Valley community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers.  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 held across the county, state and country, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.

This program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.

Anyone with questions should contact Lt. Matthew Aveling at the Southwest Station at (951)-696-3000.

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About Ashley Ludwig

Ashley Ludwig is an Editor for Patch News, Orange County and Los Angeles. She is also an inspirational romantic suspense author.

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