MONTCLAIR, NJ - Several residents gathered with Montclair Police Officers over a cup of coffee on Friday morning at Trend Coffee and Tea House.  

The initiative, entitled Coffee with a Cop, is a nationwide initiative with over 175 participating police departments, including Montclair. Residents come out to meet their local law enforcement officers and to foster positive relationships. The effort also promotes positive relationships with local businesses that host the event.

While some residents came with the intent of greeting officers, others were pleasantly surprised and shook hands with officers as they strolled past. 

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Sgt. Tyrone WIlliams, who stood out on Bloomfield Avenue with several other Montclair Police Officers, said that the program has seen a great deal of positive support from the residents and business owners in the community.

He said, "This is a positive way to engage the public, give out safety information and interact with local businesses."

The Coffee with a Cop program is being successfully conducted by over 175 different police agencies in 36 different states, said Williams.

The next two “Coffee with a Cop” events will take place as follows:

Date               Time               Location

10/16              9:30 a.m.       B London (307B Orange Road)

*** B London is offering free Iced Coffee and Mini-muffins ***

10/23              9:30 a.m.       Java Love (244 Bellevue Ave)