Oxford Police Department (OPD) will be hosting ‘Coffee with a Cop’ at Oxford High School (OHS), 101 Charger Loop, at 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday, October 21 to get to know Oxford students better.
“I was excited when Oxford High School contacted us about bringing our Coffee with a Cop event to their school,” said OPD Chief Joey East. “Our goal as a department is to encourage the students to get to know us as real people, not just as police officers. We hope that by connecting with them in their environment an open and ongoing dialogue will begin.”
The OPD-sponsored event is the second installment of ‘Coffee with a Cop’ this academic year; however, the event is geared towards high school students rather than the general public, which is a first for the Oxford Police Department. Police officers will be at OHS Wednesday morning in The Bolt, the on-campus coffee shop at OHS. Students are invited to stop in, order a coffee, and talk with the officers.
“We are honored to have Oxford police officers visiting Oxford High School,” said OHS Principal Bradley Roberson. “They are a very important part of the success of the students of OHS. Our students are fortunate to attend school and live in a community in which they feel safe. Without the wonderful Oxford Police Department officers, our students would not be afforded such an opportunity.”
During the week of October 18-24, law enforcement agencies across the nation will be promoting National Teen Driver Safety Week, organized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The police officers of the department will stress the importance of following the “5 to Drive” rules during the ‘Coffee with a Cop’ event. The “5 to Drive” rules include: no cell phones while driving, no extra passengers, no speeding, no alcohol, and no riding or driving without a seatbelt.
For more information on ‘Coffee with a Cop,’ call the Oxford Police Department at (662) 232-2400 or follow the department on Twitter @OxfordPolice and Facebook. Visit www.oxfordsd.org/OHS for more information on Oxford High School.