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Coffee with a Cop

Palm Bay Police Department to host Coffee with a Cop on August 21, 2014
Program offers opportunity to meet local officers, discuss community issues.

Palm Bay—On August 21, 2014, officers from the Palm Bay Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.

All community members are invited to attend. The event begins at 8:30am on August 21, 2014 at Holiday Inn Express, 1206 Malabar Rd.

Please contact Officer Hilda Benedith with questions at 321-952-3462  or

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Palm Bay’s neighborhoods.

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.

The members of the Palm Bay Police Department hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know the officers. 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 country, as 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.

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