Astoria Police officers and community members will meet again next month in an informal, neutral space to discuss local issues, build relationships and drink coffee through the “Coffee with a Cop” program.

All community members are invited to attend.

The program will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 2 at The Coffee Girl on Pier 39.

Police say the program offers a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Astoria’s neighborhoods.

The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies or emotional situations. Police understand such situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community. 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, Astoria Police Chief Brad Johnston said.

“We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers,” Johnston said. “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.”

“Coffee with a Cop” is a national initiative supported by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

For more information, contact Sgt. Christopher McNeary at 503-325-4411 or CMcNeary@astoria.or.us.

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