Have ‘Coffee with a Cop’ at these Richmond locations Wednesday

RICHMOND, Va. – Grab a cup of joe with Richmond City Police Chief Alfred Durham and officers from all four city precincts.

On Wednesday, officers are hosting “Coffee with a Cop,” a meet-and-greet giving the community an opportunity to interact with officers and discuss policing across the city of Richmond.

The mission is “to improve trust and build relationships – one cup of coffee at a time.”

The event is happening internationally, with New Zealand folks raising that first cup, well, 17 hours ahead of us.

Coffee with a Cop is celebrated internationally.

Officers in Hawthorne, California conceived the first event in 2011, after a brainstorming session. They were looking for ways to interact more successfully with the citizens they served each day.

Officers said that community policing has long been considered a framework for establishing trust between the community and the police.

Opportunities locally to join the conversation include:

  • Chief Durham: 7:30 to 8 a.m., Stir Crazy Café, 4015 MacArthur Ave.
  • First Precinct: (Two sessions) 10 a.m. to noon, 3 to 4 p.m.; Captain Buzzy’s Beanery, 2623 E. Broad St.
  • Second Precinct: 9 to 11 a.m., Crossroads Coffee, 3600 Forest Hill Ave.
  • Third Precinct:
    •  Sector 311: 9 to 11 a.m., Boyer’s Ice Cream & Coffee, 5808 Grove Ave.
    • Sector 312: 9 to 11 a.m., Crossroads Coffee, 3600 Forest Hill Ave.
    •   Sector 313: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Starbucks, 400 N. Robinson St.
  • Fourth Precinct: (Three sessions) 7 to 9 a.m., noon to 2 p.m., and 4 to 5 p.m.; Stir Crazy Café, 4015 MacArthur Ave.