Tomorrow (October 2) is National Coffee with a Cop Day and local law enforcement officers are looking forward to doing so with members of the greater Cortland-Homer community.
From 7-10am, Chief Bob Pitman and members of the Homer Police Department will be at Sinfully Sweet Cafe, 17 South Main Street in Homer.
Cortland Community Officer Jesse Abbott and members of City Police will be at Bru 64 from 9-11am, 64 Main Street in Cortland. Afterwards, they will join SUNY Cortland Police in the main foyer at the student life center, next to the workout area.
Sheriff Mark Helms said his department may also stop by either Sinfully Sweet or Bru 64.
The entire community is encouraged to come on out and have a cup of brew with your safekeepers in blue.
More from the U.S. Department of Justice:
The Hawthorne (California) Police Department hosted the first Coffee with a Cop in 2011, as part of its effort to enable meaningful conversations with community residents.
What began as Hawthorne’s individual effort to reduce barriers between police and the public in their city has since evolved and spread, with funding support from the COPS Office, into an international conversation between police officers and their communities.
Coffee with a Cop programs now exist in 24 countries.
In 2016, the COPS Office and the Hawthorne Police Department formed a partnership that established the first Wednesday in October as National Coffee with a Cop Day.
Last year on that day, more than 3,000 events were officially registered with Coffee with a Cop.