Johnson County law enforcement are inviting the surrounding community to have coffee with a cop.

A press release from the Warrensburg Police Department says that officers, deputies and troopers from Warrensburg, UCM Public Safety, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department, and the Missouri Highway Patrol are hosting the event with the public, as an informal, way to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.

'Coffee with a Cop' is described as a unique opportunity for community members
to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Johnson County neighborhoods.

The Warrensburg PD says most interactions the public has with law enforcement are crime-related and those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community.

Some residents may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. 'Coffee with a Cop' is intended to break down barriers and allow for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

Warrensburg Police Chief, Rich Lockhart said. “We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our
officers, as these interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.”

'Coffee with a Cop' is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice - Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, with similar events taking place across the country.

'Coffee with a Cop' will take place on October 4, at 8:00 a.m. at McDonalds in Warrensburg, located at 311 E. Young Street.

Kurt Parsons