Prairie Village launching ‘Coffee with a Cop’ program

Prairie Village police

The Prairie Village Police Department this month will kick off a program intended to facilitate open dialogue between law enforcement officers and citizens.

The “Coffee With a Cop” program will hold its first session Friday, July 31 at 8 a.m. at Lattéland, 7900 State Line Road.

Officers will be on hand to answer any questions citizens may have about law enforcement issues in Prairie Village and Mission Hills. The goal, department leaders say, is to break down barriers between officers and citizens and increase openness and communication.

“We hope our citizens will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers,” said Police Chief Tim M. Schwartzkopf in a release on the program. “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.”

The Prairie Village program is part of the national Coffee With a Cop initiative promoted by the the United States Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. The city of Mission launched its Coffee With a Cop program earlier this year.