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October 10, 2017

David Bennett and Cathy Green chat with Community Service Officer Gina Riley, right, during the Coffee with a Cop event at Sugar Vibes on Oct. 4. Photos by Audrey Caro

The Sweet Home Police Department hosted its first Coffee with Cop event at Sugar Vibes on Oct. 4, but Chief Jeff Lynn is planning to hold one quarterly.

The nation-wide annual event, which started in multi-ethnic Hawthorne, Calif. in 2011, is gaining popularity, Lynn said.

“It gives both community members and officers and dispatchers the ability to meet and talk outside of what would be a ‘normal’ police contact,” Lynn said. “Our hope is that it will foster greater respect from all. It’s just another way to build relationships and trust between the community and law enforceme...



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