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Residents of the French Valley community looking to get to know local law enforcement informally will have the opportunity to do so from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 14 at Aromas Café on Hunter Road in Murrieta during a meeting of the “Coffee with a Cop” program, which will be hosted by Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s Southwest Station, a Sheriff’s official reported.
The program aims to provide French Valley residents with the opportunity to discuss community issues and build relationships with local law enforcement while drinking coffee in an informal setting, according to a Riverside County Sheriff’s report.
“There is no agenda or formal speeches, just casual conversations about your community, with those who serve,” Lt. Matthew Aveling said in the report. “Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in the French Valley neighborhood.”
Aveling added that Sheriff’s deputies tend to only have contact with area residents in times of emergency, which are not conducive to discussing community issues.
By providing a neutral environment where people can grab a cup of coffee, sit down and relax, the department is hoping to spark such conversations, according to Aveling.
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 held throughout the country, according to the report.