EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -  On September 13th, officers from the East Brunswick Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.

The East Brunswick Police Department invites residents to join them for "Coffee with a Cop " September 13th, 2016 at the Seville Diner from 5pm to 7pm.  

All community members are invited to attend. The event begins at 5:00 PM on September 13th at the Seville Diner, 1035 Route 18. The Seville Diner is again graciously opening its doors to help us in hosting the event and providing free coffee.

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Please contact Patrolman Craig Hoover with questions at choover@ebpd.net or office phone 732-390-6938. Hoover is the 

"Coffee with a Cop" provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in East Brunswick’s neighborhoods.

The majority of contact law enforcement has with the public happens during emergencies or other stressful events. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship-building with the community, as the officers are usually focused on dealing with a problem.

 Additionally, some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street or don't want to speak with them while they are "on the job."

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

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 being held across the country, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.

The 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.