Have coffee with a cop March 22

By on March 14, 2018

 

The Manheim Chamber will host Coffee with a Cop from 8 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 22 at Supply, 280 S. Oak St., Manheim. It’s open to the public, and there is no charge to attend.

Manheim Borough Police Chief Joe Stauffer and Northern Regional Police Chief Dave Steffen will be available to chat with members of the community over a cup of coffee.

“It’s important to meet people and discuss the issues that are a concern to them. We want to be sure that what we perceive as being an issue aligns with the community’s concerns,” Stauffer said, “Recently we’ve experienced several robberies at businesses in the borough, so I’d also like to talk about safety, especially business safety.”

Kelly Lauver, the Chamber’s administrative coordinator, said it’s a casual environment where people can have a cup of coffee and speak to the chiefs.

“Other communities in our area have hosted Coffee with a Cop and the chamber liked the idea of providing an opportunity for people to speak with law enforcement officials in a casual setting. Although the chiefs and police officers are visible in the community, people may hesitate to approach them when they see them on the street,” she said adding that Supply is a great location for this first Coffee with a Cop event.

Coffee with a Cop is a nationwide initiative. It was launched in Hawthorne, Calif., when members of the Hawthorne Police Department were looking for ways to interact more successfully with the citizens they served each day. The outreach program spread across the country, and in less than five years, Coffee with a Cop events had been held in all 50 states. The program has expanded to Canada and Australia, and to Europe and Africa. According to the Coffee with a Cop website, the key to the program’s “growing success is that it opens the doors to interactions outside of the crisis situations that typically bring law enforcement officers and community members together.”

For further information about the Manheim Chamber’s March 22 Coffee with a Cop, contact the chamber at 717-665-6330 or via email: info@manheimchamber.com.

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