Community members, police officers meet over coffee in Springfield IL

For the Springfield Police Department, building trust starts with community engagement.

Community members and police officers were able to meet one on one Thursday morning during the department’s “Coffee with a Cop” event at Starbucks on Dirksen Parkway.

Neighborhood police officer Taylor Sullivan, who organized the event, hoped the informal atmosphere would allow people to discuss their concerns with the police on a personal level.

She said speaking face to face with community members can help with understanding and believes consistent community interaction will help bridge the gap.

“People love coming out to a relaxed setting and being able to talk with the officers who work in their neighborhoods. With everything that has happened in the past, one of our big goals is to bring everyone together so hopefully events like this show a positive move forward,” Sullivan said.

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