There was lots of coffee and conversation at last week’s Coffee with a Cop event in West Chicago, which brought out about 25 people, a much larger turnout than the first such event at a neighborhood McDonald’s.
The national movement to help break down the barriers, or in West Chicago’s case, strengthen the connections that have already formed between residents and officers, is spreading like wildfire throughout the country since the first cup was poured in 2000. Perhaps part of its success is the fact that the informal morning gathering has no agenda or presentation. It is simply an opportunity to converse about topics of interest to attendees.
Those attending the coffee klatch expressed interest in such topics as the Concealed Carry Law in Illinois, the Neighborhood Watch Program, police use of force and assorted traffic laws, particularly those relating to cell phone usage while driving.
Deemed a success, the West Chicago Police Department will continue to participate in the Coffee with a Cop event, whether it is part of the national event which is scheduled annually on the first Wednesday of October, or one that will be coordinated locally.