On Monday, Oct 9, the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) Police Department
invited Mesa and all SDCCD students to join them for, “Coffee with a Cop”, an event
held on campus outside of the Mesa Commons building. The purpose of this event was
to open a line of communication between the police officers and the student community
to build positive relationships.
The intent is that allowing students to meet with officers in person, in an approachable
atmosphere, makes it easier for both parties to get to know each other and share common
interests relative to the community and the college campus. Lieutenant Diana Medero
of the SDCCD College Police stated, “For the students it’s about getting to know the
officers, learning how to interact with police officers on and off campus, and some
students even ask about how to handle family and safety issues at home.” She also
shared that the students who attended this event were “serious about their education”
and “supportive of the officers”.
Over 200 cups of coffee were personally brewed and given to students by the department
officers along with cookies, and informational materials about upcoming events and
available resources. The SDCCD Police Department officers are planning on hosting
an additional “Coffee with a Cop” session in November so that they can connect with
evening students. To learn more about other Police Department events, like self-defense
classes and information sessions, go to the SDCCD PD webpage.
About: The “Coffee with a Cop” program first started in Hawthorne, California in 2011
and has since had multiple police departments and communities in all 50 states join
in hosting the events. The event program has influenced other countries and their
law enforcement, like Canada, Europe, Australia, and Africa to partake in hosting
these events. For more information about the history of this program and other events
created, visit Coffee With A Cop.
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