Coffee With A Cop Day is a special holiday that brings together ordinary citizens and the police officers who serve them. Established in 2011 by the Hawthorne Police Department in California, the event is designed to break down barriers between the police and the public, and to build up trust between the two. It has since spread to all 50 states and 25 countries around the world. During the event, people get to talk to officers about security issues and many other topics, in a relaxed atmosphere that promotes better understanding between the two sides.
Coffee With A Cop Day was founded in 2011 at the request of the Hawthorne Police Department in California, with the aim of providing a transparent platform for citizens to interact with the police. Since then, it has grown to be celebrated in all 50 states and 25 countries across the world, with thousands of cafes hosting the event and supporting its mission.
- There are more female police officers in the US than in the rest of the world.
- If a police officer moves to another state, their rank is reset to zero.
- Police officers are eligible for a pension after 20 years of service.
- Spouses of police officers are not allowed to work in the same department.
- The worst day in US law enforcement history is September 11, 2001, when 72 officers died in the line of duty.
How to take part
On Coffee With A Cop Day, visit your local coffee shop and interact with the police officers present. Think of questions that you would like to ask, and consider bringing a small gift to show your appreciation for the officers who serve and protect your community.
When is Coffee with a Cop Day celebrated in 2023?
Coffee with a Cop Day is observed on the first Wednesday in October each year.