NUTLEY, NJ - The Nutley Police Department will hold a 'Coffee with a Cop' event on Friday March 29. Plaza Bakery 39 Franklin Ave, Nutley will host Nutley's finest from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

'Coffee with a Cop' is a national program that started in Hawthorne California in 2011. 

Changes in American culture, including the vast number of people who work outside of their home community, 24 hour television news cycles, and even social media, create artificial barriers that make having a friendship with local police officers difficult.Today most people do not meet police until there is an unpleasant event in their lives, which makes the sort of friendship that George Bailey had with Bert in 'It's a Wonderful Life' nearly impossible.

Since its inception, the 'Coffee with a Cop' program has expanded to all 50 states and have jumped borders with events now taking place in Canada, across Europe, Africa, and Australia. Its success is do to the fact that brings community members and police together in something other than a crisis situation.