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Coffee With a Cop

Coffee With a Cop

Coffee with a cop is a program designed to bring the community and police together.  It is designed as an opportunity for members of the community to get to know and speak with local police officers in a friendly environment. 


Coffee with A Cop was launched in Hawthorne, California in 2011 when Officers from the Hawthorne Police Department were looking for ways to interact more successfully with the citizens they served each day.

Community policing has long been considered a framework for establishing trust between the community and the police. However, over time the character and composition of our nation’s communities have changed due to shifting demographics, more commuters, and the introduction of different communication methods such as websites and social media.

The Hawthorne Police Department hit upon a simple plan to break through the barriers that have been built over the years–a cup of coffee.

Coffee with a Cop events are now held in all 50 states and is one of the most successful community oriented policing programs across the country. The program has also expanded to outside the Unites States to Canada, Europe, Australia, Africa, and Latin America.  The key to Coffee with a Cop’s growing success is that it opens the door for interactions outside of the crisis situations that typically bring law enforcement officers and community members together.

Officer Poortinga had the idea to bring Coffee With a Cop to Escalon and in September of 2015, Starbucks hosted the first Escalon Coffee with a Cop event.  We hold several coffee with a cop events each year at local businesses.  Dates and times for upcoming Coffee With a Cop events will be posted on the Escalon Police Department Facebook page,

If you run a local business and are interested in hosting a Coffee With a Cop event, contact Officer Sharp at (209) 691-7336 or by email at

Contact Info

Officer Sharp
2040 McHenry Ave
(209) 691-7336
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Non-Emergency Calls:
(209) 838-7093