- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Doughnuts are optional but the coffee is a given, as D.C. police will participate in “National Coffee with a Cop Day,” an event launched in 2011 to promote positive engagement between law enforcement and communities.

The event is held the first Wednesday of October and will take place between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. at 11 coffee shops around the city.

“Coffee with a Cop is an event dedicated to encouraging communication and positive interactions between law enforcement agencies and the public,” the Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement.

The idea for a coffee date between police and the community first took place in Hawthorne, California, at the initiation of that town’s police officers. Events are now held in all 50 states and throughout the year.

“Uniformed members of the Metropolitan Police Department will sit with attendees, enjoy a cup of coffee and engage in conversation around best practices to improve personal safety and police community relationships,” the statement continued.

A full list of coffee shops are below:

• Philz Coffee — 1331 4th St., SE.

• Starbucks — 401 8th St., SE.

• Chinatown Cultural Center — 616 H St., NW.

• DC Dream — 2826 Q St., SE.

• Denny’s — 1250 Bladensburg Road, NE.

• Denny’s — 4445 Benning Road, NE.

• Admiral Security — 1333 New Hampshire Ave., NW.

• Cheers @ the Big Chair — 2122 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., SE.

• Slim’s Diner — 4201 Georgia Ave., NW.

• Highlands — 4706 14th St., NW.

• Philz Coffee — 1827 Adams Mill Road, NW.

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