Coffee with Auburn cops Monday

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AUBURN — The Auburn Police Department is inviting the public to discuss community issues, build relationships and drink coffee at a Court Street restaurant on Monday, Dec. 29.

The event, which is part of the national “Coffee with a Cop” initiative, begins at 9 a.m. and will be held at 84 Court Restaurant, 84 Court St.

According to a news release from the Auburn department, the majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship-building with the community, and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street.

Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows relaxed, one-on-one interactions, giving people an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Auburn’s neighborhoods.

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“We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns or simply get to know our officers,” Auburn police Chief Phil Crowell said. “These interactions are the foundation of a strong community-police partnership.”

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the country.

According to the release, the program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and the community one cup of coffee at a time.

For information, contact Sgt. Barry Schmieks at 333-6650 ext. 2068 or send an email to bschmieks@auburnmaine.gov.

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