LBPD to host ‘Coffee with a Cop’ event at local Starbucks

Those interested in meeting and speaking with Long Beach Police Department officers will have their chance this Tuesday at a Starbucks as part of an engagement event aimed to improve community relations, LBPD announced.

The event, “Coffee with a Cop,” will take place at 281 E. Willow St. between 10 a.m. and noon where the public can have casual conversations about their community, ask questions, voice concerns and get to know the officers working in their neighborhood, according to police.

Launched in 2011 in the city of Hawthorne, Coffee with a Cop is a nonprofit organization that hosts its events nationwide and has expanded internationally, according to the nonprofit’s website. The organization has hosted more than 10,000 events since its launch, according to the website. Its mission is to “break down the barriers between police officers and the citizens they serve.”

Tuesday’s event will mark another effort by the LBPD to build trust with the public, similar to other in-person community engagement, such as their Neighborhood Walks pilot.

For more information about the Coffee with a Cop event, email the police department’s west division at [email protected]


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Crystal Niebla is the West Long Beach reporter through the Report for America program. Philanthropic organizations pledged to cover the local donor portion of her grant-funded position with the Post. If you want to support Crystal's work, you can donate to her Report For America position at