Want to have coffee with a cop?

About 200 law enforcement agencies across the U.S. participate in some version of the Coffee with a Cop program.
Andy Ouriel
Mar 28, 2014
Sandusky police already know a great many community members — some from their mugshots, some from various other interactions throughout the day.

But now they want to hear residents’ concerns and opinions, and preferably over a mug of piping hot java.

Enter Coffee with a Cop, a new initiative aiming to improve trust and enhance transparency between area stakeholders and officers.    Rather than talking with cops during serious or stressful times, residents can approach them in a neutral setting to discuss any public security matters or other community issues.

About 200 law enforcement agencies across the U.S. participate in some version of the Coffee with a Cop program.

Sandusky police Chief John Orzech, who has quarterbacked efforts to improve community relations since becoming the city’s top cop a year ago, answered some questions about the program:

Q: Can you give some background on this program?

JO: The Coffee with a Cop program began in Hawthorne, Calif., at least the program we’re modeling ours after. The program is designed and being implemented for citizens to meet with police officers in a non-confrontational setting, to have a cup of coffee and talk. There are no agendas, no guest speakers. It’s the cops and citizens talking, sharing ideas and asking questions that they want answered.

Q: What do you ultimately want to achieve?

JO: The goal that I have for the program is to have our officers accessible to our citizens and have a dialogue. This is just another way we’re trying to reach the community and be engaged as much as we can. It’s something that we’re doing in Sandusky because community outreach is necessary to continue building relationships, partnerships and collaboration with our business community, citizens and visitors.

Q: How will the program work?

JO: We will be having different officers attend the program so the citizens can get a variety of perspectives. We will promote which officers will be attending in advance of the events. The residents can expect to get a cup of coffee, have a chat with an officer if they have questions or concerns. It’s one-on-one interaction with the officers that are there. I am planning on having four officers or so attend the programs.

Want to go?
WHAT:
Coffee with a Cop — informal meeting among area stakeholders and Sandusky police. All community members are encouraged to attend.
WHERE: Mr. Smith’s Coffee House, 140 Columbus Ave., Sandusky
WHEN: 9-11 a.m. April 17

Comments

mikeylikesit

just coffee? are they hoarding the donuts?

Nor'easter

If you went to Mr. Smith's, you would know they do not serve donuts. They serve a more diverse menu. You need to go and experience it.

mikeylikesit

im only kidding. got no problems, even with law enforcement. i just couldn't pass that one up without a comment, just to ruffle some feathers..

mikeylikesit

im much happier having cannabis with a criminal than having coffee with a cop..

Peninsula Pundit

+1!

Nor'easter

They also serve tea & hot chocolate, breakfast and lunch. Try it, you'll like it! And the cops are the icing on the cinnamon rolls.

mikeylikesit

i'll have to try it. sounds good!

looking around

WinstonSmith is up for it!

mikeylikesit

where is winston smith?

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WinstonSmith

I'll be there.... I love a good pig roast!

doppleganger

I probably won't go because I don't like coffee, but I do want to thank Chief Orzech for his advice. I met with him a few years ago and he gave me some very helpful advice on how to deal with a nuisance neighbor that I had at the time. His advice worked and the guy moved. THANK YOU CHIEF!!! What a great guy.

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WinstonSmith

Chief Orzech, you are nothing but an inbred chaw-chewing, donut-grazing, slave-catching strong arm for the state and I look forward to calling you out in front of the entire community!

sandusky2012

so now we pay the cops a salary to have coffee

Erie County Resident

Pretty disrespectful Andy calling him JO instead of Chief, Chief Orzech, Chief John Orzech, or any other sign of respect for him.
And we wonder why our youth have no respect for authority other than txt, email, or internet shorthand monikers.

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WinstonSmith

'Respect for Authority' = Good slave.

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WinstonSmith

I hear Peaceful Streets Project will be there...
Holding cops feet to the fire... Awesome. Filming the pig-roast for youtube... Priceless.

I urge anyone who disagrees with caging peaceful people for victim-less statute offences to be there, bring a video camera, popcorn and a paperbag to breath into. It'll be entertaining to say the least.

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WinstonSmith

If you look up the word 'tool'in the dictionary you'll see government minion, Chief John Orzech's picture.

KURTje

Next time you need help Winship call a thug.

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WinstonSmith

I was created with the inherent, and unalienable ability to defend myself. Next time you need help why don't you call the same group of people who let Curtis Clinton run the streets till he killed Heather and allowed him to rape that poor little girl to death because he was working for SPD as an informant.
Sounds legit...

You are eight (8) times more likely to be killed by a cop than a terrorist... At least the un-costumed, street-corner thug doesn't pretend to be anything other than a thug whereas cops will try to convince you that they are beating you up for your own good. At least the street corner thug leaves you alone after he mugs you, unlike the police who will continue to demand more money or ordering you to do this or that on account of their 'protecting' you.

eriegardens

Go back in your cave, and enough with your sovereign citizen pretending. No one here is buying it.

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WinstonSmith

That's the beautiful thing about sovereignty, it really makes no difference to me if you buy it or not and there's absolutely nothing you can do to force me "back into my cave".

Good for you, you've chosen to be a good slave. Does the master let you inside the main house? I can see how you'd not wanna mess up that peachy situation.

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WinstonSmith

Funny thing is, everyone that's had a stance supporting the police has been unable to refute the eight times more likely killed by a cop than a terrorist statistic.
What does that say to anyone with two brain cells that can communicate with each other?