On Dec. 13, between 10 a.m. and noon, the Montgomery Township Police Department will hold a free community event, “Coffee with a COP," at the Montgomery Mall Starbucks, 804 Bethlehem Pike, North Wales.

“Coffee with a COP” is a simple concept: Police and the community come together in an informal setting to discuss community issues, build relationships and drink coffee.

Community members come to local “Coffee with a COP” events for a variety of reasons, but no matter why they come, they are likely to leave with a more positive impression of their local police department.

One of the keys to the success with “Coffee with a COP” is that it removes the physical barriers and crisis situations that routinely define interactions between law enforcement and the communities in which they serve.  Instead it allows for a relaxed, informal one-on-one interaction in a friendly atmosphere.