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Police in Iowa to sit down with public over cup of coffee

June 15, 2019

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Police in several Iowa cities will hold events in the coming days to build connections with the communities they patrol.

Police in Iowa City, Cedar Rapids and Marshalltown will hold “Coffee with a Cop” events, which allow the public to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know police officers.

In Iowa City, officers will sit down with residents at a booth during the Iowa City Pride Festival this Saturday. Free iced coffee will be provided by Java House.

In Cedar Rapids, police will hold an event Wednesday morning at a Hy-Vee grocery. In Marshalltown, the sit-down will be June 22 at Tannin.

“Coffee with a Cop” was launched in California in 2011 as a way to establish friendly, informal contact and establish trust between police officers and residents.

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