Fighting crime with coffee and conversations

Omaha Police use coffee program to building community partnerships

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The Omaha Police Department announced a new effort to improve community trust – “Coffee with a Cop”.

The concept is simple: police and community members will come together for an informal discussion about community issues, build relationships over a cup of warm java.

More than 175 cities and towns in 36 states host similar “Coffee with a Cop” programs.

One of the keys to Coffee with a Cop’s success is that it removes the physical barriers and crisis situations that routinely define interactions between police officers and community members. Really, it’s a way to get law enforcement and everyday people together to learn about each other.

The Southeast Precinct is hosting its first Coffee with a Cop at 8 a.m. Sept. 10 at Delice Bakery, 3201 Farnam St.

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Another event hosted by the Omaha Police Department is “Pop with a Cop” at 6 p.m. at the Police Mounted Patrol Barn, 615 Leavenworth St.

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