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.  

Example programs we would cover in the class:

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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 programS

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. 


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!



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.


power project

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.


[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.







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.