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‘Bush Tea With A Cop’ Community Outreach Program Kicks Off Saturday in St. Thomas

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Coffee with A Cop first started in Hawthorne, California in 2011 after a brainstorming session.

Members of the Hawthorne Police Department were looking for ways to interact more successfully with the people they served each day.

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.

In less than five years, Coffee with a Cop events have been hosted in all 50 states and is one of the most successful community-oriented policing programs across the country.

The program has also expanded to outside the Unites States to Canada, Europe, Australia, and Africa and now the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The key to Coffee with a Cop’s growing success is that it opens the door for interactions outside of the crisis situations that typically bring law enforcement officers and community members together.

Saturday June 16, 2018 VIPD officers will be hosting “Bush Tea with a cop,” at the Deli Deck Restaurant in Haven Sight, St. Thomas from 9:00 a.m., to 10:30 a.m.

The community is invited to attend and share a cup of bush tea with an officer and talk.

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John McCarthy

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John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands since 1989. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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