LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 7, 2019) — The beginning of a relationship often starts by having a common experience. Sharing a cup of coffee with someone has the ability to deepen relationships, bring unity to disparate groups and transcend boundaries.
What better way to strengthen unity between members of the community and police than through conversation and coffee?
University of Kentucky Police Department will host Coffee with a Cop beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Starbucks in the Gatton Student Center. Officers of all ranks will be present to answer questions, hear concerns or simply get to know members of the UK community over a cup of coffee.
One of the best ways law enforcement agencies can prevent crime, deter violence and maintain criminal justice is by having a strong relationship with its community. Coffee with a Cop is an opportunity to break down barriers, build trust and have a conversation with police outside of a crisis situation.
“I look forward to these informal discussions in a relaxed environment to learn from our community how UK Police can better serve them,” said UKPD Chief Joe Monroe.
Therapy K-9 Hudson and his handler Officer Michael Culver will also be in attendance.
“Hudson is definitely looking forward to his first Coffee with a Cop experience," Culver said. "He can’t wait to discuss hot topics with old friends and make some new friends along the way.”
Last year, a diverse group of individuals attended the Coffee with a Cop event including members of the LGBTQ* community and the armed forces. Several attendees already had established relationships with UKPD, while others met officers for the first time.
“We had a great turn out last year,” said Community Services Senior Officer Alan Saylor. “Coffee and pastries were a conduit to having a conversation, and I had a great time speaking to students about everything from sports to answering personal questions.”
For more information about the safety resources offered by the University of Kentucky Police Department, please visit www.uky.edu/police or follow them on social media at @UKPolice on Twitter, @UKPoliceDepartment on Facebook or @UKPD on Instagram.
The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers." We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.