Coffee and conversation were brewing between police officers and members of the community the morning of Oct. 7 at Thr3e Coffee Shop across from Puyallup High School.
For National Coffee with a Cop Day, the Puyallup Police Department hosted the premiere of its Coffee with a Cop event, inviting locals to come and talk with department officials about whatever was on their minds.
“Thr3e was very generous for having us come here for our initial meeting spot,” said Lisa Isaacs, Crime Prevention coordinator for the Puyallup Police Department. “We’re hoping to have the next (meeting) in January.”
Many residents came looking to get to know the police, including Lori James, who was interested in putting “faces with names.”
“I thought it was a nice community event,” said Bonnie McDonough, who moved to Puyallup a month and a half ago from San Francisco and heard about the event through Facebook. “I wanted to come to find out what’s going on in Puyallup and lend my support to the local police.”
The Coffee with a Cop initiative was launched in 2011 by police in Hawthorne, California, with the goal of bringing communities together with their local police to break barriers and build relationships “one cup at a time.”