Community invited to have coffee with cops |

Community invited to have coffee with cops

If you go:

What: Coffee with a Cop

When: 8 to 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11

Where: McDonald's in Steamboat Springs, 1150 S. Lincoln Ave.

— Police are hoping a free cup of McCafé coffee and some conversation will help strengthen their relationship with the Steamboat Springs community.

The first Coffee With a Cop will be from 8 to 10 a.m. Friday at McDonald’s.

It is part of a national program, and the concept is pretty simple.

“It’s just the everyday officer getting an opportunity to talk to a citizen, not during a traffic stop, not during a call,” Steamboat Springs Chief Cory Christensen said. “Lots of other law enforcement agencies in the country are doing this.”

The police department plans to host the event quarterly.

Christensen said that in April, he challenged police department employees to come up with ways to engage and reach out to the community.

Over the summer, some ideas were implemented. For example, officers rewarded children with ice cream coupons when they were caught doing something right, like wearing a helmet when biking.

Officer Shane Musgrave pitched the idea of bringing Coffee With a Cop to Steamboat. He has been with the department about four and a half years. Before moving to Steamboat, he was a police officer in Cordova, Alaska.

On Jan. 1, Musgrave will be promoted to detective. Officer Evan Noble will be promoted to sergeant, which will fill the sergeant positions.

In addition to Musgrave, Commander Annette Dopplick plans to attend Coffee with a Cop.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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