Starbucks will partner with several police groups as it increases its commitment to the program, with the first five events to be held in Seattle, Dallas, Indianapolis, New York, and Norfolk, Va.
Starbucks says it will host 100 “Coffee with a Cop” events within the year, deepening its commitment to the events designed to foster conversations between community members and police.
The Coffee with a Cop program was begun in 2011 by the police department in Hawthorne, Calif., with a mission of breaking down the barriers and improving trust between police officers and the people they serve.
So far, Coffee with a Cop events have taken place at various coffee shops (not just Starbucks) in all 50 states, as well as in Canada, Europe, Australia and Africa, according to the program’s website.
Starbucks has hosted some of the events. And two years ago, Starbucks’ Chairman and CEO Howard Schultz participated in one with Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole.
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On Friday, at a symposium in Seattle hosted by the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), Schultz was scheduled to speak with O’Toole and to announce that the company will increase its commitment to the program by hosting 100 events in its U.S. stores within the year, starting next month.
Starbucks will partner with NOBLE, the International Association of Chiefs of Police and Major Cities Chiefs Association in the effort, with the first five events to be held in Seattle, Dallas, Indianapolis, New York, and Norfolk, Va.