This week, folks will be able to celebrate National Police week by having “Coffee with a Cop” thanks to the Ravenswood Neighborhood Watch, the Ravenswood Police Department, and several local eateries.

National Police Week Started Monday, and every year communities come together to celebrate, said Erik Summers of the Neighborhood Watch.

“The Ravenswood Neighborhood Watch would like to invite everyone in our community to come out and have a cup of coffee with a cop,” he said.

The Neighborhood Watch, law enforcement, and area eateries are co-hosting three separate events. The first was on Monday at McDonald’s. The next event is Wednesday, May 15, at Tudor’s Biscuit World in Ravenswood, and the final event is Friday, May 17, at the Ravenswood Wendy’s. Each event will be from 10 a.m. to noon.

“The mission of ‘Coffee with a Cop’ is to break down the barriers between police officers and the citizens they serve. ‘Coffee with a Cop’ brings police officers and the community members they serve together over coffee to discuss issues and learn more about each other,” Summer said. “Taking time to meet at neutral locations 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.”

“In a short time, citizens and police officers get to know each other and discover mutual goals for the communities they live in and serve,” Summers said.

“So come out have a cup of Coffee, have a conversation, and thank these brave officers for their commitment to Ravenswood,” he said.