Montgomery County Police officers gathered at Starbucks in Kentlands Tuesday to participate in the fourth annual national “Coffee with a Cop” day.
Officers mingled, chatted and hung out with community members, even served coffee behind the counter, in an initiative designed to create positive interactions between the public and local law enforcement.
Tuesday marked the event’s fourth year in national recognition, but Montgomery County police officers have been hosting community events like Coffee with a Cop monthly for over five years at places like Starbucks, Panera, McDonald’s and local pizza joints.
“Sometimes people come in to hang out, sometimes to ask a specific question,” said Lt. Ian Clark of the Montgomery County Police Department.
Coffee meet ups are also a comfortable way for people to share information with the police, according to Nancy Hudson, acting commander of the district. Questions about how to become a cop or asking for advice on a situation are common topics of discussion at these events, Hudson added.
The next event, “Cake with a Cop,” will be held at Nothing Bundt Cakes.