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City Council Recognizes Organizations Fostering Relationships Between Law Enforcement and Community Members

Redwood City 2020 Program "Redwood City Together" Honors Innovative Local and County Police Department Programs

Post Date:02/05/2016 2:25 PM

For Immediate Release
February 5, 2016
Media Contact:
Jeanne Sullivan, City Manager's Office


Redwood City, Calif.--This Monday, Feb. 8, the City Council of Redwood City and Redwood City 2020 will recognize the Redwood City Police Department program, Coffee with Cops, and its San Mateo County Sheriff's Office counterpart, Donuts with Deputies, as Welcoming Stars of the community. The recognition will take place during the City Council meeting which begins at 7 p.m.

Designed to honor local pioneers and programs which help build an inclusive and respectful community, the Welcoming Stars award is given by Redwood City Together, the welcoming initiative of Redwood City 2020. Redwood City 2020 is a community collaborative working across sectors to ensure the health and success of all children, youth, and families in Redwood City and North Fair Oaks. 

Coffee with Cops and Donuts with Deputies offer a safe and welcoming space for community members and law enforcement to meet informally at local coffee shops, markets, churches, businesses, and other central locations. In these settings, law enforcement and community members can discuss any concerns or issues, build personal connections, establish trust and communication, and exchange resources. Both programs are offered in English and Spanish. 

These innovative programs are part of larger social outreach and community education efforts by the Redwood City Police Department's Community Policing efforts and the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office Community Alliance to Revitalize Our Neighborhood (C.A.R.O.N) program. Creating a safe, open space is an integral part of both programs. "Fostering a welcoming environment is the first step in building a strong relationship with the community and law enforcement together," says Victor Lopez, C.A.R.O.N's program director. 

Lieutenant Ashley Osborne of the Redwood City Police Department adds, "The drop-in nature of the events and the ability of the citizens to set the agenda for any conversations with the officers is what set this program apart from other community meetings." 

Just prior to the City Hall meeting on Monday there will be a small reception with coffee and donuts in Redwood City's City Hall foyer. All are welcome. 

To obtain more information on the Welcoming Star award, including how to nominate a new program, please visit or contact Carolina Ornelas at (650) 423-2200 ext. 3467 or

About Redwood City 2020
Redwood City 2020 is a collaborative comprised of eight non-profit and public core member organizations and hundreds of community-based affiliate organizations whose vision is that all people living in Redwood City and North Fair Oaks are healthy, safe, and successful. As a community collaborative, Redwood City 2020 approaches complex challenges by bringing community residents together with local organizations and public agencies to develop and implement a wide range of projects that are focused on addressing acute needs and building on strengths in our community. Redwood City 2020's goals are to reduce the impact of poverty, improve the academic success of students, increase community engagement, improve health and wellness, and enhance safety in our community. For more information, visit Redwood City 2020's website at or follow @rwc2020 on Twitter. 

About the City of Redwood City 
The City of Redwood City is a San Francisco Bay Area community located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the technology-rich region extending from the San Francisco Peninsula to the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Redwood City is the third largest city within the County of San Mateo, with 82,881 residents. The city enjoys an average of 255 sunny days a year, which it boasts via the city slogan: "Climate Best by Government Test". Incorporated in 1867, Redwood City is home to the San Mateo County History Museum (located in the county's old courthouse) and the only active deep water port within the south bay of San Francisco. The city's vibrant downtown, quickly becoming known as the entertainment hub of the San Francisco Peninsula, offers residents, visitors, and businesses a unique retail, entertainment, and restaurant experience. For more information, visit the City of Redwood City's website at, or follow @RedwoodCity on Twitter and


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