ORLANDO, MARCH 9, 2016 – Healthy conversations and the aroma of fresh McDonald’s coffee filled the air recently as the Central Florida Urban League and the Orlando Police Department held the first in a series of Coffee with a Cop initiatives.
More than 50 people were in attendance at the McDonald’s on Colonial Drive for the opportunity to have an open and honest conversation with law enforcement. The event allowed for a two-way conversation, giving citizens a chance to discuss issues important to them as well as for police officers to share their thoughts and feelings with the community.
In addition to a number of officers, Chief of Police John Mina was also on hand, leading the way as his department attempts to create relationships and build inroads within the community.
“There is a lot of distrust of law enforcement within our community and Coffee with a Cop is the first step in building trust and improving relationships,” said Glenton Gilzean Jr., President and CEO of the Central Florida Urban League. “This will take time and effort, but the only way to make a tangible difference and bring both parties together is by giving citizens this opportunity to engage with officers in a friendly and casual environment.”