Coffee with a Cop at the EVJCC this Friday

In response to December’s fire at the East Valley JCC and property being defaced at area churches, the Chandler Law Enforcement Association (CLEA)  and the Chandler Lieutenants and Sergeants Association (CLASA) are co-sponsoring their first Coffee with a Cop this Friday morning at 10 a.m.

The program will focus on community safety issues and be held at the East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road., Chandler. It is free and open to the public

Officers will give tips on ways to stay safe in our society and will answer questions about any law-enforcement related topic.

 The program includes refreshments: The EVJCC will provide coffee and CLEA and CLASA will provide doughnuts and bagels.

“While we cherish our freedoms in this country, we also recognize that there are dangers about which we all need to be aware,” Rob Dykstra, CLEA board president, said in a release.  “Holding Coffee With a Cop meetings throughout our community will help residents put a face on the law enforcement officers who support them and help officers assure the residents that we are here to protect and serve.”

This is the first event of this kind co-sponsored by the CLEA and CLASA, but they plan to hold Coffee with a Cop sessions monthly at different locations.

CLEA was founded in 1999 to fill a void between police officers and the administrations of the department and the city. Currently, CLEA represents more than 220 rank-and-file Chandler law enforcement officers. CLASA was founded in 2003 to represent the needs of Chandler Lieutenants and Sergeants.  CLASA represents 57 supervisors.   

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