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Madison County citizens had the opportunity to join the Madison Police Department at McDonald's on Wednesday, Oct. 4 as they partnered together for National Coffee with a Cop Day. Departments across the nation partnered with restaurants for this event as an opportunity to break down the barriers between police officers and the citizens they serve.
Madison Police Departments officers, of all different rankings, had coffee with citizens from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., where casual conversations were made and questions were asked. The McCafe coffees were compliments of McDonald's. The partnership between McDonald's and local law enforcement is focused on building relationships with the community – one cup at a time.
Coffee with a Cop was launched in Hawthorne, Ca., in 2011, as a result of a brainstorming session. Members of the Hawthorne Police Department were looking for ways to interact more successfully with the citizens they served each day. Taking the time to meet at a neutral location, like McDonald's, provides the opportunity for real conversations about issues that matter. Community residents can sit down with officers and ask questions or share what's on their mind.
The Madison Police Department would like to thank the community and McDonald's for joining the officers on National Coffee with a Cop Day.