Officers from the St. Helens Police Department, with assistance from their friends at Burgerville, will host a “Cocoa with a Cop” session.
From 6-7 p.m. on Jan. 26, the public is invited to join police officers for a free cup of hot cocoa courtesy of Burgerville, located at 715 South Columbia River Highway.
Modeled after the popular “Coffee with a Cop” events, “Cocoa with Cop” will provide a unique opportunity for community members, particularly children, to meet with police officers, ask questions and enjoy a hot cup of cocoa.
Because the majority of contacts a police officer has with the public happen during emergencies or emotional situations, the conditions may not be the most appropriate time for a casual conversation. Many see establishing relationships with residents prior to emergencies as proactive community policing.
he department recognizes that children may be especially nervous about connecting with an officer in uniform. The idea is visiting with a police officer over a cup of hot chocolate is a great way to remove the emotional barriers that sometimes get in the way.