MELROSE — Chief Michael L. Lyle is pleased to invite the community to join members of the Melrose Police Department for its annual Coffee with a Cop event later this week, which coincides with similar events nationwide.

WHEN:

Wednesday, Oct. 2 from 4-7 p.m.

WHERE:

Bruegger’s Bagels, 496 Main St.

WHAT:

Melrose Police invite residents to join the department in celebrating National Coffee with a Cop Day, which occurs on the first Wednesday of October each year.

Occurring in cities and towns throughout the country, the event is designed to provide a welcoming environment for residents to meet police officers and talk about what’s going on in their community.

Members of the Melrose Police Department will be available to meet and chat with residents on a topic of their choosing over a cup of joe.

“This is a great, informal way for the community to get to know some of the members of our department,” Chief Lyle said. “I encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity and set aside some time to enjoy a cup of coffee while chatting about a variety of topics.”

Coffee with a Cop is part of the department’s monthly community meetings initiative, where police and other city and state officials gather to discuss different topics with members of the community.

About Coffee with a Cop:

Coffee With a Cop began in Hawthorne, California in 2011 as a result of police officers brainstorming ways to better interact with their community. They developed a simple plan to break down the barriers that have been built between police officers and citizens — have a cup of coffee, discuss what’s on your mind, ask questions and make suggestions that could better the community.

Since its creation, Coffee With a Cop events have been held in all 50 states, along with Canada, Europe, Australia, Africa and Latin America. It is regarded as one of the most successful community oriented policing programs in the U.S.

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Jordan Mayblum is Account Director for Northern New England at John Guilfoil Public Relations LLC.

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