In 2013 the Valparaiso Police Department initiated a new community program called “Coffee with a Cop”. This new national program was started on July 26th at two local businesses in Valparaiso. The Viking Chili Bowl was the first and later the same morning Suzie’s Café hosted a meeting. For the year 2013 the Valparaiso Police Department hosted three events each at a different establishment in Valparaiso.
The Coffee with a Cop Program is a very simple concept. Police and community members come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee. Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions; learn more about the department’s work in Valparaiso neighborhoods and meet officers. In over 100 cities and towns in 24 states, Coffee with a Cop has done wonders for community trust, police legitimacy and partnership building.
In the first year, Valparaiso Police hosted Coffee with a Cop on three occasions and each event was a great success. We would like to host additional events and if you are interested in hosting an event at your Valparaiso business please notify Sgt. Joe Hall at (219) 462-2135.