Join Coffee with a Cop co-founders and global brand managers Hawthorne California Police Capt Mike Ishii and Sgt Chris Cognac for a four-hour discussion on how best to prepare and implement Coffee with a Cop at your Department as well as working with professional sports teams and major corporations as a community policing tool. 

You will learn current best practices, do’s and don’ts , communication issues, Officer “buy in” and how Coffee with a Cop can kick start community policing philosophies in your department. Real world examples will be presented on successes and failures of Coffee with a Cop events around the world. 

Sgt Cognac will share his experiences on how your agency can work with pro sports teams and player unions to engage youth on a local level. Sgt  Cognac will give examples of the Hawthorne Force Youth Hockey and the HPD Futsal programs that were built as "grass-roots" programs on a limited budget.  Captain Ishii will share his experiences on management philosophies and how to incorporate private-sector processes that help create a positive brand and increased value for your organization.  

Programs covered in the four-hour class: 

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coffee with a cop

‘Coffee with A Cop' is our signature program, invented by the Hawthorne Police Department at our local McDonald’s in 2011.  Six years later, and the October 7, 2016, proclamation as ‘National Coffee with a Cop Day’ by the US Department of Justice, our program is now being offered by police agencies in every US state, twelve countries internationally, and is formally the most successful “Community Policing” program in the world. Our Department independently supports, trains and coordinates this program for all police departments free of charge.

Ride to live

‘Ride to Live’  is a motorcycle-driver training class, taught by Department Motor Instructors, offering riders of any skill level the ability to improve his/her riding skills, enhance their safety and control, and learn the techniques taught at law enforcement motor schools. The classes are free of charge and now encompass two different skill competencies. The mission is simple - improve the safety of motorcyclists and traffics safety jointly through skilled training and awareness.


Scottie, HPD’s full-time “Facility Dog”, one of the original pioneer law-enforcement service dogs in the U.S., is assigned to our Community Affairs Unit. Scottie comes to work everyday with a specific mission: Increase community communication, ease the tension of crime victims and children, and maintain department morale. Scottie does it all!


tactical medicINE program

[fade]The Hawthorne Police Department TacMed Program oversees the training, equipment and deployment of medical-based offerings for our Officers. We took this SWAT-inspired focus and formatted it for our Patrol Division Officers - those who are most likely to respond to you first, in time of crisis. ’Tactical First Aid’ was born. The positive results are staggering - life supporting and saving acts performed monthly in the streets of our City. But we didn’t stop there…  We offered out this training focus, training free-of-charge, many of our neighboring police agencies in the South Bay and within LA County, passing on this skill-set success. We aren't done yet…  We have now evolved this training to complement the public sector, bringing real life-saving knowledge to citizens who can immediately address medical need when confronted.[/fade]  

power project

[fade]The Power Project is an adult-volunteer mentoring group for pre-teen and teenage girls from our Community.  The coordinators, both from the Police Department as well as private-sector industry, meet weekly and address topics that build maturity and life-preparedness in the young ladies, coupled with engagement in rigorous activities such as Ice Hockey and CrossFit. These collaborations make this opportunity to learn early and advance future academic and life-experience opportunities unique!  Our girls also earn community service-hours by helping at various charity /  police-supported events throughout Hawthorne.[/fade] 


[fade]One of our most successful community programs! An elite partnership between the MLS Los Angeles Galaxy, the Chevrolet Corporation, Coaches Across Continents and your HPD.  You will not find another similar alliance anywhere - ‘HPD Police-Youth Futsal’. Our Officers create a “safe space” for positive interaction as they team up with local youth to learn and play Futsal at Hawthorne Memorial Park. The results are fantastic, teens and Officers alike![/fade]  



[fade]Progression is the key to success. And our emphasis in looking at contemporary ‘branding’ is just another example.  From the smallest to the largest, from our new issued Badge, all the way up to our phenomenal Police Facility building, standing above and apart is preeminent   Our latest police vehicle graphics do such as a unique design, placing the Hawthorne brand in the forefront, body-wrapped in matted traditional colors. These stylings began as “conversation starters”, now Officers are routinely approached by the Community in positive feedback and photo-seeking with the unit.  [/fade]  


[fade]In our continual search for the next better way, the next innovation to reach our Community, we introduce you to the Mobile Police Center.  This mobile “neighborhood-police-station-on-wheels” will bring us directly to you - to your neighborhood! Conceived by our Officers, derived from grant-funding, this platform will allow our deployment around the City, allowing officers and detectives to come to you, to stay, connect and address issues impacting your neighborhoods, for up to a 24-hour period.[/fade]   


[fade]Another first, and one-of-a-kind!  This program brings an opportunity for youth ice hockey to be introduced into the lives of youth living within Hawthorne.  The Hawthorne Force Hockey Program was born out of a partnership between the Hawthorne Police Department and the National Hockey League Players Association’s “Goal’s and Dreams” program.  Now touted as a premier example by of youth collaboration by the NHL, the FORCE youth are coached and mentored by volunteering Officers from our PD.  The program remains sustained through selfless work and Community and corporate donations.[/fade]