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How ‘Coffee with a Cop’ can improve police-community relations

This community engagement initiative focuses on line level cops building trust and solving problems


Chris Cognac is a sergeant with the Hawthorne Police Department in Southern California. He was part of the team that created “Coffee with a Cop” in 2011 and is the main national instructor for the Coffee with a Cop training class.

A true believer in the ability of individual officers making a difference in the communities they serve, in this video, Chris talks about how he used his networking and communication skills as a force multiplier.

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6 steps to hosting an effective community meeting

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