The Belton Police Department invites the Belton community to Coffee with a Cop at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, October 21, at Arusha Coffee, 126 N. East Street in Belton.
Coffee with a Cop is a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Belton neighborhoods. Police Chief Gene Ellis and a few staff members will attend the event.
“We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers,” Chief Ellis said. “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.”
For the general public, contact with law enforcement often occurs during emergencies or emotional situations that do not always allow for effective relationship building. As a result, some community members may feel officers on the street are unapproachable. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for relaxed, one-on-one interactions.
The gathering at Arusha Coffee will be informal with no planned presentation. Community members are encouraged to ask questions and discuss community issues that are important to them.
Coffee with a Cop is new to Belton, but similar events have taken place nationwide, including in several cities across Texas, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.
The program aims to improve relationships between police officers and community members a cup of coffee at a time.