National Coffee with a Cop Day will bring opportunities to meet and chat with police agencies around the Ithaca area this Friday. Cornell University Police Department, Ithaca Police Department, and Tompkins County Sheriff’s Department are all participating.
Sheriff Ken Lansing credits the Coffee with a Cop idea to the Hawthorne, California police department, which first invited residents for coffee and conversation in 2011 “in response to tensions between the police and the community.” The idea has spread since then; “Today, more than 2,000 law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve have participated in this program,” according to the Sheriff’s Department.
Sheriff Lansing will be at the Ithaca Bakery café in the Triphammer Marketplace in the Village of Lansing on Friday from 8-10am. Lieutenant Daniel Donahue will be at Freddy’s Diner in Newfield from 7-9am.
Several officers from Ithaca Police Department will be at Gimme! Coffee at 506 West State Street from 9-11am. Gimme! is donating coffee for attendees, who’ll be able to enjoy it for free. IPD police chief John R. Barber and Ithaca mayor Svante Myrick hosted a series of “Coffee with the Chief” chats at a few locations last year, and IPD public information officer Jamie Williamson says the two plan to reprise the successful series next spring.
Cornell University Police Department will have several police officers, including police chief Kathy Zoner, at the front lobby of Mann Library on Cornell’s agriculture quad from 9-11am. Coffee will be donated by Manndible Café, a locally operated campus eatery from the folks who used to own Juna’s Café on the Ithaca Commons.
All of this week’s Coffee with a Cop Day events are on Friday morning, October 7th.