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    Meet Your Neighbors

    January 30, 2017
    Contact: Rudy Flores, Sergeant
    Phone: 310.458.2201, extension 4139

    In October 2016, the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) participated in National Coffee with a Cop Day.  The event provided an opportunity for officers to interact with the community in a neutral space over a cup of coffee.  This practice promoted a positive environment, in which community members had an opportunity to not only ask questions, but to also get to know the men and women who work for their local law enforcement agency. 

    Through our daily interactions with the community we have noticed that many residents do not know their neighbors.  The more unified the community, the stronger it becomes.  SMPD is now encouraging the community to engage in a similar practice so that residents in their neighborhoods strengthen the unity within.  Chief Jacqueline A. Seabrooks would like to encourage our residents to host a get-together on their block to simply get to know their neighbors better. These interactions are the building blocks for strong bonds that grow into lasting partnerships.

    SMPD is proud to announce the launching of a city-wide ‘Meet Your Neighbors’ Program today, January 30, 2017. The key to this event is simple engagement and community building through a coffee date or ice cream social, for example.  Our challenge to the community is to step out of their comfort zone and get to know the people on their block – their neighbors.   SMPD will enter all participants into a raffle for a free block party.  To be eligible for the SMPD hosted block-party, the individual neighbor gatherings must be registered online at  We ask that participants tag us in photos of the community events posted via social media. 

    For more information about how to plan this event and build more bonds in your community please contact Community Affairs at or 310-458-8474.  


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