The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office invites community members to attend Coffee with a Cop, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 12, at Starbucks, 235 E. Highway 246, Buellton. The get-together offers an opportunity to get to know some of the deputies who patrol the Santa Ynez Valley area and who help keep the community safe.

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative that aims to advance the practice of community policing by opening communication and fostering a greater understanding between citizens and police.

The idea is to provide residents with an informal setting to meet deputies who work in their neighborhoods and talk about their concerns. The goal is break down barriers, build lasting relationships and familiarize the public with people who are there to protect and serve them.

The Sheriff’s Office has been holding Coffee with a Cop events at various locations in the county since 2013.

— Erik Raney for Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.