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 give examples 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 from the ground up, with a limited budget.  




no agenda, no speeches, building relationships, one cup at a time



Coffee with a Cop offers a two- hour class that helps departments host successful Coffee with a Cop events.  It sounds simple: why do we need to be taught how to drink coffee?  That's what we thought also until we started to host events and received feedback from other departments on their events.  This course was created so that other departments avoid mistakes we've seen.  Examples?

  • "circle of death" where groups of officers huddle together and shut out the community
  • Bad locations where no one from the public approaches because they think it's a cops conference (setting up in back room banquet hall). 
  • Command staff and elected oficials taking over the event, leaving the line level officers sidelined.
  • Mixed messages to the media who want to cover a positive story about community trust and police 
  • Who pays for the coffee?  
  • How much overtime will it cost?  
  • what about protesters?  

The Coffee with a Cop two-hour class covers these critical issues and also the below topics:

  • Community Policing
  • Procedural Justice
  • Branding Your Police Department
  • Social Media and Communication Techniques
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Officer-Citizen Engagement
  • Organizational Transformation
  • How to handle viral videos that bring tremendous attention and protests to your agency



‘Coffee with A Cop' 


Coffee with A Cop was launched in Hawthorne, California in 2011, as a result of a brainstorming session. Members of the Hawthorne Police Department were looking for ways to interact more successfully with the citizens they served each day.
Community policing has long been considered a framework for establishing trust between the community and the police. However, over time the character and composition of our nation’s communities have changed due to shifting demographics, more commuters, and the introduction of different communication methods such as websites and social media.
The Hawthorne Police Department hit upon a simple plan to break through the barriers that have been built over the years–a cup of coffee.
In less than five years, Coffee with a Cop events have been hosted in all 50 states and is one of the most successful community oriented policing programs across the country. The program has also expanded to outside the Unites States to Canada, Europe, Australia, and Africa.  The key to Coffee with a Cop’s growing success is that it opens the door for interactions outside of the crisis situations that typically bring law enforcement officers and community members together.



SERGEANT CHRIS COGNAC has been a police officer with the Hawthorne Police Department since 1992. He is the main National Instructor for the Coffee with a Cop training class. 

He is currently assigned to the Community Affairs Unit but has served in numerous capacities from uniform patrol to undercover narcotics supervisor. Cognac is a true believer in the ability of individual officers making a difference in the communities they serve. He uses his networking and communication skills as a force multiplier, putting people who want to help the community with those in need of an opportunity. 

In his work to take the Coffee with a Cop program nationwide, Sergeant Cognac has assisted officers and police departments across the country in implementing their own events that aim to build good communications and trust within those communities. Cognac, is a graduate of the Delinquency Control Institute at the University of Southern California. in his spare time, he is a food and travel writer for magazines and newspapers and develops new food television concepts. He also hosted his own Food Network TV show, The Hungry Detective.

He recently served as a Fellow for the Office of Community Policing (COPS office) in Washington D.C. where he served as a subject matter expert for community policing development and law enforcement social media.