The Bismarck Police in an effort to strengthen ties with the community will host 'Coffee with a Cop' on Oct. 7 at Caffe Aroma.

The Bismarck Police Department will get together with community members in an informal atmosphere to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.

The event begins at 9am. Caffe Aroma is located at 120 North 3rd Street.

October 7 is the first ever national "Coffee with a Cop" day.

According to the Bismarck Police Department:

The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

All community members are invited to attend.