Coffee with a cop brings Salem community together

A young woman suggested this meetup after the ambush in Dallas

Jessica Hill suggested this "Coffee with cops" event after the ambush in Dallas that killed 5 officers. (KOIN)

SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) — In light of the recent ambush and deaths of 5 police officers in Dallas, communities all over have been honoring their local law enforcement.

In another display of community togetherness, Salem police held their fourth “Coffee with a cop” get-together on July 13 at the Broadway Coffee House. This time, a young woman made it happen.

“Long story short, I actually tweeted the Salem Police Department in light of everything that happened,” Jessica Hill said. “And I said, along the lines of, ‘if we ever needed a coffee with a cop, I think now would be a good time.'”

Salem Police Chief Jerry Moore says they’re lucky to have a supportive community in Salem.

Salem police officers build community relationships over coffee. (KOIN)
Salem police officers build community relationships over coffee. (KOIN)

“We’ve had a whole bunch of cards and letters and support for our police officers,” Moore said. “This is just an opportunity for our officers to talk to people after the incidents over the last week.”

More said he wants to build a reputation where people know they can rely on law enforcement.

“I think that’s important,” Hill said. “Just beginning a conversation. It doesn’t have to be pointed questions but just building relationships with our law enforcement.”

Coffee with a cop is popular with many police departments, including the Portland Police Bureau, which held their own not long ago.

“We’re in a people business and everything we do involves people,” Moore said. “We’re trying to build alliances with these people. You can make relationships over a long period of time or you can make them real quick depending on how you approach people and how you treat them.”

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