SF Police Host First-Ever “Coffee With A Cop”

Coffee With A Cop aims to connect officers with community

If you want to meet one-on-one with a Sioux Falls Police Officer, you’ll have two chances this week.

The police department is hosting its first-ever Coffee With A Cop.  

The first gathering is on Wednesday, January 28 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Kaladi’s on South Minnesota Avenue. The second is on Thursday, January 29 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at McDonald’s on East 10th Street.

There will be four officers and two supervisors at each coffee event.

“It’s really for us to focus on one-on-one interaction to see maybe where there are concerns in a particular neighborhood, or if there’s something else we could be doing in a different way,” Sgt. Candi Gearman said.

Officers hope these events will help them build relationships and get to know the people and the neighborhoods they are serving.

“A lot of times when we are dealing with the public and dealing with the citizens, it’s in an emergency situation or an emotional situation and that’s not really the ideal time to sit down and have a chat. So this is a good opportunity to get to know your officers,” Sgt. Gearman added.

Coffee With A Cop is a national initiative that started in California in 2011. This is the first event for Sioux Falls Police, but they hope it is successful enough to continue throughout the year.