Coffee with a cop hopes to build trust and break down barriers

(Columbus Police Department)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Police officers around the country and in central Ohio plan to meet as many of the people they serve over a hot cup of coffee. It’s a chance to break down barriers and build trust over casual conversations. Even if you don’t drink coffee, it’s a good reason to take part today in National Coffee with a Cop day.

This event started in California in 2011 but has quickly grown to all 50 states and nine countries. Police say the casual atmosphere of where these meet-and-greets are taking place provides a more openness to discussions of issues that matter.

There are many cities taking part today. Click here to find one near you.

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Columbus Division of Police will host events all day from 8 am to 6 pm. Chief Tom Quinlan, Executive Staff, Mounted Unit, Therapy Dog Unit, K9 Unit, Recruiting Unit, Cold Case Unit, and patrol officers will be on hand for great discussion, to answer questions and to establish and build upon relationships with residents.

Columbus Police Coffee with a Cop location:

Tim Horton’s 505 E. Livingston Ave. Chief Tom Quinlan 8am - 9:30am

Brioso Coffee – 14 E. Gay – Deputy Chief Becker, Criminal Investigations & DC Greg Bodker, Support Services 8am - 9am

Cravings Café – 114 N. Front St. – Deputy Chief Rich Bash 8:30am - 9:30am, Public Accountability

Bottoms Up – 1069 W. Broad St. – Lt. Blake Griffith 9am - 9:30am, Zone 3 Commander

German Village Coffee – 193 Thurman Ave. – Sgt. Terry McConnell & Cold Case Unit 9am - 10am

Luck Brothers – 1101 W. 1st Ave – Sgt. Christopher Smith-Hughes Recruiting Unit 10am - 11:30am

Buckeye Donuts – 1363 S. High St. Deputy Chief Mike Woods 8:30am – 9:30am, Patrol Operations; Zone 2 CRT 5pm – 6pm

Third Way Café – 3098 W Broad St Acting DC Jennifer Knight, Sgt. Brophy & Zone 3 officers 1pm -2:30pm; K9 Unit Kenny Coontz & K9 Elvis 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Tim Horton’s – 1135 Dublin Rd. – Mounted Unit 9:30am – 10:30am

Crimson Cup Coffee – 4541 N. High St – Therapy Dog Unit Officers John Gagnon, Mike Paulins, Eddie & Simon 9am-10am

McDonald's – 3750 S. Hamilton Rd. – Cmdr. Dave Hughes & Lt. Dave Knight, Zone 2 8:30am – 9:30am

Starbucks – 1085 5th Ave. – Officer Libby Hinkle, Zone 4 3:30pm - 4pm