Library Presents Coffee & Cookies with a Cop

On June 21, Algonquin Deputy Chief Markham, Lake in the Hills Police Chief David Brey, and members
pic_posts_coffee2 (2) of both police departments will meet residents in an informal, neutral space to discuss the visions for both police departments and their communities. It’s a great time to ask questions, build relationships, and enjoy light refreshments.

Community members of all ages are invited to attend.  The event will be held from 4:30 to 5:30pm on Tuesday, June 21 at the Algonquin Area Public Library, Harnish Main Library, 2600 Harnish Drive in Algonquin.  Adults can meet with police personnel in the library’s café. Downstairs,pic_posts_coffee2 (3)officers and other personnel will be reading stories to kids and their caregivers and answering their questions.

Much of the interaction between the public and police department representatives happens only during emergencies or emotional situations—situations that are not always conducive to relationship building with the community.  In addition, some community members may feel hesitant to approach officers on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed interaction.

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The U.S. 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 communitiespic_posts_coffee2 (1) they serve. The program aims to improve relationships between police officers and community members, one cup of coffee – and one cookie –at a time.

Questions? Please contact Outreach Librarian Virginia Donahue at virginia.donahue@aapld.org or 847-458-3144.

The Algonquin Area Public Library District has 23,049 cardholders and serves more than 40,000 residents in a 30-square-mile area including portions of Algonquin, Lake in the Hills, Cary, and Barrington Hills.

Algonquin, IL – June 15, 2016

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