Discuss Queen Creek public safety with sheriff’s deputies Oct. 17

LOGO Coffee with A Cop

Deputies from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office invite members of the town of Queen Creek to come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships and drink coffee.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Starbucks inside the Queen Creek Super Target at 21398 E Rittenhouse Road.

All community members are invited to attend.

The event will also include festivities for youngsters such as an appearance by McGruff the Crime Dog, fingerprinting by Operation Child ID and lots of free giveaways. For additional information, call MCSO Community Services at 602-876-5055 or send an e-mail to MCSO@queencreek.org.

Coffee with a Cop provides an opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about public safety in the town of Queen Creek.

The majority of contacts with law enforcement and other public safety personnel happen during emergencies or other emotional situations, according to a press release. Those circumstances do not necessarily create the best conditions for building relationships and some community members may feel that deputies are unapproachable on the street, according to the release. Coffee with a Cop breaks down those barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

“Our sincere hope is that community members will feel comfortable asking questions, voicing concerns or simply just taking the time to get to know our deputies,” said Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Captain Randy Brice. “These interactions are the foundation of strong community partnerships and effective collaborations.”

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the country, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve. Visit coffeewithacop.com for additional information and locations.

Public safety is a cooperative effort between law enforcement and the community in Queen Creek. MCSO’s efforts, and this program’s aim, are to advance community partnerships and improve relationships one cup of coffee at a time, according to the release.

For additional information about MCSO visit its website.

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