Happening NOW: Coffee with a Cop at Starbucks

*​Feature photo: SPD Sgt. James Hill and Starbucks Manager Tom Pelzer at the first Coffee with a Cop event tonight. / Pitchengine Communities photo* (Sheridan, Wyo.) — The first-ever Coffee with a Cop event is happening tonight at Starbucks on Coffeen. "We wanted to participate to be a space for community, a gathering place," Starbucks Manager Tom Pelzer told Dally today. Coffee with a Cop is a nationwide program that aims to bring together officers from local police departments and community members in an informal, neutral space to discuss issues, build relationships and drink coffee. The public is invited to attend, and the next event will be May 7 at 8:30 a.m. at the Common Cents Country Kitchen. 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. Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Please contact James Hill with questions: *Above: Juthann Self, left, and Sheridan Chief of Police Rich Adriaens, SPD Lt. Travis Koltiska and Gail Symons visit at Starbucks tonight. / Pitchengine Communities photo* #dally #news