Ogden City police are available to meet and speak with the community every first Friday of the month during their “Friday-Morning-Coffee-with-OPD” event.
Since January 2017, the Ogden City Police Department (OPD) has hosted this event, rotating their venue to different coffee shops within the Ogden area. The next event will be on January 5, 2018, at the Beans and Brews Coffeehouse on 12th street. Where the officers will be available to talk with citizens from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. This meeting holds no agenda and focuses on OPD officers having the opportunity to hold casual conversations with civilians.
“We wanted a stress free environment where people could interact
positively with our law enforcement officers,” said Diana Lopez, the community outreach coordinator for the OPD. “An event like this builds relationships inthe community, which is something we value as a department.”
Officers from the community policing unit always participate,
and each has a notable experience that they have taken with them afterattending the event.
“Most people don't get a chance to get to know
officers and only see them under bad circumstances,” said Robert Buck, who is aMaster Officer within the community policing unit
Officer Buck recalled his most memorable
moment from the event being the excited reaction from a group of children as heturned on the siren and lights of his police vehicle for them
“I remember meeting with a church leader, not from the immediate
area, who wanted ideas on how to reach out to the Ogden community and help outwith families in need,” said Chris Bishop, who is also a Master Officer. “This
event is a great way to meet representatives of the police department to askquestions and create working relationships.”
This event is child-friendly and anyone is invited to attend. Free drip coffee will be provided for visitors by the police department. More information about the event can be found on the Ogden Police UT Facebook page.