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Coffee in the morning, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from chichacha’s photostream

On Friday, September 11th, Zone 1 area residents will have the opportunity to join their neighbors and local police officers for coffee and conversation. There will be no agenda and no speeches for this event–just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the officers in the neighborhood.

Zone 1 Commander Lavonnie Bickerstaff was recently interviewed by The Northside Chronicle about the “Coffee with a Cop” program and had this to say:

Since starting in Northside after 25 years of service in a variety of specialty units, Bickerstaff was concerned about the community’s perception of local law enforcement. She found that through connecting with the community and forging stronger relationships with residents, a more personable perception could be created.

“I want to break down that concept of fear,” she said. “People don’t know every element involved in their safety. We want to make sure people know they’re safe and go above and beyond to do so.”

If you’re interested in improving police/community relations through conversation, please attend!

“Coffee with a Cop” in Manchester
When: Friday, September 11, 2015, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Where: Manchester Citizens Corporation, 1319 Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15233
Questions: Call Cmdr. Bickerstaff at 412-323-7201
Flyer: Download a flyer for this event here

And if you’re a Zone 3 resident, you too can have “Coffee with a Cop” on Monday, September 14th with Zone 3 Police. From the South Pittsburgh Reporter:

Zone 3 police are inviting area residents to pull up a chair, grab some coffee and get to know the local police officers. They want people to tell them about their neighborhoods, ask questions and share their concerns.

“Coffee with a Cop” in Allentown
When: Monday, September 14, 2015, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Where: Black Forge Coffee House,1206 Arlington Avenue (Allentown), Pittsburgh, PA 15210

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