‘Coffee With a Cop’ program underway

WELLS/GLADSTONE – On June 24 and 27, the public will have two opportunities to meet with officers from Michigan State Police, Gladstone Post. Community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build positive relationships, and drink coffee.

On June 24, join officers at the Gladstone Senior Center from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a lunch/coffee social. To have lunch at the Gladstone Senior Center, contact Bertha Kallman at 428-2201 before attending to make a reservation.

On June 27, the event will be held at the Family Inn restaurant in Wells, from 8-10 a.m. Contact Sgt. Ron Lacosse with questions at (906) 428-4412.

Coffee with a cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Delta and Menominee counties.

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 for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

“We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns or simply get to know our officers,” said Gladstone Post Commander Gregg Cunningham. “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.”

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 county, 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.

Future evens are being planned in both Menominee and Delta counties during June and July.