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Big Rapids DPS invites community for Coffee with a Cop event Oct. 6th

On October 6th, 2021, officers from Big Rapids Department of Public Safety and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.

All community members are invited to attend. The event begins at 8:30am on October 6th at Currie’s
Amoco, 620 Maple St. Please contact Officer William Sell with questions: 231-527-0005,


Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and
learn more about the department’s work in Big Rapids’ neighborhoods. The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

“We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or
simply get to know our officers,” said Police Chief Danielle Haynes. “These interactions are the
foundation of community partnerships.”

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