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Building Connections at Coffee with a Cop in Chula Vista

Chula Vista Coffee with a Cop event

On a Tuesday morning, the Otay Ranch Town Center was buzzing with friendly conversations over Coffee between Chula Vista residents and the men and women who serve to protect their community. The Chula Vista Police Department hosted another successful ‘Coffee with a Cop’ event, an informal gathering to unite officers and the public to foster open dialogue and strengthen community relations.

This was my first time attending this event. I have always wanted to ask some questions and see how this event can benefit our community. I’m still hoping for a ‘Beer with a Cop’ event, but Coffee can also work.

Over 13 police officers from various departments and city staff members were on hand to answer questions, provide information, and engage with attendees in a relaxed setting. Despite being held during the workweek, the event saw a good turnout from the community.

So, what is the Coffee with a Cop event?

The ‘Coffee with a Cop’ event provided a platform for residents like me to voice our concerns about parking enforcement and traffic accidents. The officers at the event addressed these concerns. They acknowledged the challenges posed by staffing shortages, reassuring us of their commitment to improving parking enforcement and raising awareness about safe driving practices.

The ‘Coffee with a Cop’ event left a lasting impact on the attendees, who praised the officers’ approachability and willingness to address their queries. Chief of Police Roxana Kennedy further underscored the department’s commitment to community engagement, leaving attendees with renewed confidence in their local law enforcement.

One of the event’s highlights was the simple act of officers assisting attendees in getting their Coffee, which helped break the ice and facilitated friendly conversations. The casual atmosphere encouraged open discussions and fostered positive interactions between law enforcement and the community they serve.

As this event came to an end, many of us expressed our appreciation for the opportunity to connect with the Chula Vista Police Department. They also left with a renewed sense of confidence in their local law enforcement and a deeper understanding of the department’s efforts to serve the community effectively.

Chula Vista Coffee with a Cop event
Chula Vista Coffee with a Cop event is a great way for the community to come out and ask questions. The event I went to featured Chief Roxana Kennedy.

When and where is the next event so I can go?

The next ‘Coffee with a Cop’ event is already in the works, this time in the Eastlake area, addressing concerns about the lack of a police station in that region. The Chula Vista Police Department is steadfast in its commitment to ensuring accessible and responsive policing services throughout the city, and this event is another step towards that goal.

Residents of Chula Vista are encouraged to attend the upcoming event, as these gatherings play a vital role in bridging the gap between law enforcement and the community they serve. By fostering open communication and positive interactions, “Coffee with a Cop” events aim to build trust, dispel misconceptions, and create a safer, more cohesive community for all.

Be sure to follow @ChulaVistaLiving on Instagram for updates on when the next Coffee with a Cop event will take place. For more information, you can also follow the official Chula Vista Police Department account at @ChulaVistaPD.


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