The Laramie Police Department is working with Starbucks to host the first Coffee with Cops event tomorrow, October 4, at Starbucks' Grand Avenue location from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Crime Prevention Officer Kyle Groose says of the event that "the idea is to bring police officers and community members together in a neutral space to talk about anything from saying hello to questions or issues related to policing."

Groose added the event coincides with National Coffee with a Cop Day, of which more than 600 events are hosted nationwide. According to the Coffee with a Cop's website, the first event was in Hawthorne, California in 2011 "as the result of a brainstorming session...for ways to interact with more successfully with the citizens they served each day."

Although Coffee with a Cop has been hosted in cities across the nation since its inception, this will mark the first Coffee with a Cop event for Laramie. However, Groose has noted that "if this event is a success, we will consider doing it again."

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