Visit Jackson will join with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) to celebrate the third annual National Coffee with a Cop Day.
On October 2 & 3, participating Jackson hotels and coffee shop will be providing free coffee and a sweet treat to members of the Jackson Police Department and Hinds County Sherrif’s Department.
National Coffee with a Cop Day is observed in 50 states and five foreign countries. It is an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of ongoing and meaningful conversations between community residents and law enforcement agencies.
Since 2010, Visit Jackson has valued, celebrated, and nurtured the relationships between Jackson’s local law enforcement and tourism professionals through its Tourism Oriented Policing Strategies (TOPS) Program.
“The overall goal of the Jackson, Mississippi TOPS Program is to bring awareness of public safety to the visitor-based tourism-oriented businesses in the city of Jackson coupled with facilitating a communication network among those same visitor-based businesses and local law enforcement authorities and available resources and programs,” Visit Jackson’s Executive VP, Rickey Thigpen, said.
“While some communities have experienced challenging relationship with its law enforcement, Jackson, Mississippi is honored to have transformational enforcement leadership that values positive relationship with the citizens they are sworn to protect and serve, October 3 will be an opportunity to celebrate the strengthening of relationships between law enforcement and members of the Jackson tourism industry.”
• October 2, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. – Sneaky Beans (2914 North State Street) – Attorney General Jim Hood and AGO investigators. Complimentary 12 oz drip coffee.
• October 3, 7:30 – 10 a.m., – Cups (2757 Old Canton Road) – Come-and-go, asking law enforcement officers to stop in for a free coffee.