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In an outreach to the community, the Evanston police department has scheduled a “Coffee with a Cop” event for Sept. 17 at a Dempster Street coffee shop.

The event will be held at Perla Café, 1813 Dempster St., from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The community policing activity is designed to enable citizens to bond with their local police officers in a casual setting, as opposed to a stressful moment when the officer is about to hand you a ticket for breaking the law.

The department encourages residents to watch a YouTube video that highlights the community policing initiative.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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