The Wilton Police Department is offering the community an opportunity to get to know its police officers better over a cup of coffee, as part of an initiative called “Coffee with a Cop.” They promise no speeches or agendas, with the intent only to foster meaningful conversation and relationship building with the community.

“We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers,” says Chief Robert Crosby. “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. Similar events are being held across the country, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve, by providing a neutral, informal space for conversation.

The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.

Wilton’s Coffee with a Cop happens next Friday, June 3, from 8-10 a.m., at Dunkin’ Donuts35 Danbury Rd..