Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone chats with a citizen this morning at the Morning Glory Baking Company on Diamond Drive. The chief and several police offers are meeting with community members this morning as part of the ‘Coffee With a Cop’ event. Photo by Derrick Key
Los Alamos Police Officers Jaime Gonzalez and David Bradshaw at this morning’s ‘Coffee With a Cop’ event at the Morning Glory Baking Company on Diamond Drive. Photo by Derrick Key
Officers from the Los Alamos County Police Department and community members are meeting this morning for the department’s Coffee with a Cop event, which began at 8 a.m. at Morning Glory Baking Company, 1377 Diamond Dr.
Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in the Los Alamos community. 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.
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 country, 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.
Direct questions about Coffee with a Cop to Sgt. Jordan Redmond at 505.662.8222 or Jordan.firstname.lastname@example.org.