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Press Release: Coffee with a K9 Cop
Agency: Palm Desert Police
Station Area: Palm Desert
Written Date: November 13, 2017 Time: 9:00 PM
Incident Date: November 16, 2017 Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Incident Location: Mitch’s Restaurant - 73951 El Paseo, Palm Desert
Reporting Officer: Sergeant Kirk Steines

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On Thursday, November 16, 2017, from 8:00 am to 10:00 am, the Palm Desert Police Department will host Coffee with a K9 Cop Opens in New Window.  The event will be held at Mitch’s Restaurant, located at 73951 El Paseo, Palm Desert.  Officers from the Palm Desert Police Department, El Paseo Merchants and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, drink coffee, and meet “Rio,” the Palm Desert Station’s K9 partner.  All members of the community are invited to attend. 

There is no agenda or formal speeches, just casual conversations about your community, with those who serve. Coffee with a K9 Cop Opens in New Window provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the police department’s work in Palm Desert’s neighborhoods. 

The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations.  Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street.  Coffee with a K9 Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers.  These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships. 
Coffee with a Cop Opens in New Window is a national initiative supported by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are held across the county, state and country, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve. 

This program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.

Anyone with questions should contact Sergeant Kirk Steines at the Palm Desert Police Department at (760)-836-1631.

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