Coffee with a Cop in October

Exeter Police Department presents Coffee with a Cop on October 4th from 7 to 9 am at McDonalds, 1109 W. Visalia Rd., in Exeter. For information, call (559) 592-3103.

Coffee with a Cop was launched in Hawthorne California in 2010 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 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 United States to Canada, Europe, Australia, and Africa. The key to Coffee with a Cop’s growing success is that it opens the door for interaction outside of the crisis situations that typically bring law enforcement officers and community members together.

A cup of coffee is a common bond. And, it can help officers build better relationships with the communities they serve.

Agenda Free

No speeches or specific topics. Just informal conversations about what matters to community residents.

No Barriers

Eliminate obstacles-such as radios, patrol cars and cell phones-for a short period of time to be more approachable and have relaxed conversations with the community.

Problem Solving

Coffee with a Cop events are opportunities to build relationships in order to better problem-solve with the people officers serve.

Shooting Arrest

EXETER PD Report Number: 17-1081
Date/Time Occurred: 8/28/17 at 6:08pm
Type of Incident: Attempt Homicide
Location: 400 Block South ‘G’ Street

1. Male Juvenile 14 years
2. Male Juvenile 17 Years

Details: On 8/28/17 at 6:08pm Officer were dispatched to the 400 block of South ‘G’ Street, regarding a report of gun shots. Upon arrival officers were advised two male occupants of a red Ford sedan had exited the vehicle and fired at least one gun shot towards a male adult victim who was no longer on scene. A short time later a call was made by the victim, who was following the vehicle, advising the suspects and vehicle were in the area of Spruce and Firebaugh. Exeter Officers responded to the area and attempted a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle, however, it failed to yield and a pursuit was initiated. The suspect vehicle was pursued into the City of Lindsay near the intersection of Apia and Sweetbrier. The two male suspects were taken into custody with the assistance of deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office and Officers from the Lindsay Police Department. The vehicle was discovered to have been reported stolen from the City of Lindsay. The Male victim received medical attention from Exeter District Ambulance and later at Kaweah Delta Medical Center for nonlife threatening injuries. Both male juvenile suspects were later booked in the Tulare County Juvenile Detention Facility for multiple charges including attempted homicide, possession of a stolen vehicle, and felony evading. The firearm used in the shooting was recovered and the incident is believed to be gang related. Anyone with information relevant to this case is urged to contact the Exeter Police Department.

Arresting / Investigating Officer: Det. Kevin Phelps
Supervisor: Sgt. Brett Inglehart

“It is the mission of the Exeter Police Department to
Exceed the expectations of the Community.”