Coffees Uniting Cops with Community

Meeting Community's Finest – Pat Negus, Charlene Jones, and Donna Riddell enjoy the company of OCFA Rookie Firefighter Bogar Bonilla, from OCFA Ladera Ranch Station 58, during Coffee With A Cop at Lola's Café in Ladera Ranch on September 21.

By Amy R. Spurgeon-Hoffman

Ladera Times Reporter/Photographer

    The second Ladera Ranch-hosted "Coffee With A Cop" for 2016, held at Lola's Cafe in the Terrace Shops from 8:00 to 10:00 am on September 21, was well attended by both cops and members of the community.
    In addition to public, the event was attended by OC’s finest first responders, including the California Highway Patrol, Orange County Sheriff’s Department, and Orange County Fire Authority, including Ladera Ranch's OCFA Station 58.  
    `OCFA Operations Division 3 Battalion 7 Chief Steve Pardi was also in attendance as a representative of area fire stations, including nearby OCFA Station 56 (Rancho Mission Viejo).
    “Coffee with a Cop" is as simple as it sounds. It is a chance for resident to meet their local CHP officers and enjoy a cup of coffee with them. 
    There are no agendas at this event. 
    Coffee with A Cop was launched in Hawthorne, CA, in 2011, as a result of a brainstorming session.     
    Members of the Hawthorne Police Department were looking for ways to interact more successfully with the citizens they served each day, according to the website coffeewithacop.com. 
    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 the nation’s communities have changed due to shifting demographics, more commuters, and the introduction of different communication methods such as websites.
    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, the website says.CHPCAPISTRANO/?fref=ts). 
CHP-San Juan Capistrano is Ladera’s local CHP office and is located at 32951 Camino Capistrano, 92675 San Juan Capistrano.  You can follow the office on twitter at @CHPCAPISTRANO
A cup of coffee is a common bond. And, it can help officers build better relationships with the communities they serve, Coffee With A Cop
Coffee with A Cop was launched in Hawthorne, California in 2011, as a result of a brainstorming session. Members of the Hawthorne Police Department were looking for ways to interact more successfully with the citizens they served each day, according to http://coffeewithacop.com/. 
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, according to http://coffeewithacop.com/. 
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, the site says.
Coffee with a Cop is on a mission to improve trust and build relationships – one cup of coffee at a time, according to http://coffeewithacop.com/.

You can visit http://coffeewithacop.com/ for future events and see how you can get involved with local participating area first responder agencies.  Area agency contact information includes: OCSD (http://ocsd.org/) and OCFA (http://www.ocfa.org/).  You can also find out more about Ladera's very own Lola’s Café by going to its online social media pages: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LolasCafeLDR/ and Twitter: @LolasCafeLDR.

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