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A cop of joe

Bright and early in the morning of Oct. 5, Bradley University Police Department police officers and student volunteers gathered at the entrance of Bradley’s Michel Student Center to greet students and offer them donuts and coffee at “Coffee with a Cop.”

“This event was created to get to know the students and for students to get to know the cops,” Jeannie Hansen, junior PR advertising major and one of the event’s organizers, said. “You [students] see their cars and you’ll see them around campus but you don’t know them, so this is a good way to initiate getting to know them.”

Along with coffee and donuts, the event included a sign-up sheet for the student advisory committee, which meets three times a semester for those on the committee to provide feedback to BUPD.

 A table also provided vacation house watch brochures, which is a program that consists of BUPD officers checking houses registered with the Vacant House Watch during their daily routine patrols. A giveaway with pens and flashlights and the BUPD mission statement. The statement reads that BUPD will maintain a safe environment for learning, living and working at Bradley.

“Coffee with a Cop” normally includes fundraisers for various charities, but this event was hosted simply as a kickoff to introduce Bradley students to the BUPD cops. Kickoffs will occur twice a semester, along with fundraising events such as No Shave November, which raises money for the Ronald McDonald House. 

“We had ‘Pancakes with the Po-po’ last month and we’re thinking about doing more things,” Natalija McCumber, junior entrepreneurship and religious studies major, said.

Hansen also noted that the committee is planning to host a “pizza with the cops” event to help further nurture a relationship between BUPD and students.

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