Coffee with a cop, brew with folks in blue

Chief Inspector Jeff Boon dropped into Mockingbird Cafe for International Coffee with a Cop day, which aims to enhance community / police engagement.

Chief Inspector Jeff Boon with Barista Mark Newman at Mockingbird Cafe in Lovejoy Village on International Coffee with a Cop day.

Chief Inspector Jeff Boon with Barista Mark Newman at Mockingbird Cafe in Lovejoy Village on International Coffee with a Cop day.

The initiative has been embraced by NSW Police as a way to to break down any perceived barriers that divide them from the public, and opens the door for interactions outside of the crisis situations that would normally bring them together.

Although Chief Inspector Boon said that it doesn’t have to be on the designated day.

”Mugdee Police are part of the town and always up for a chat over a coffee or anywhere,” he said.

The Coffee with a Cop concept was launched in Hawthorne, California in 2011.

Members of the department were looking for ways to interact more successfully with their local citizens.

In the following five years events were hosted in all of the United States and became the most successful community oriented policing programs across the country. The program later expanded to outside the USA to Canada, Europe, Australia, and Africa.