Photo submitted by Pam Schmitz, Publicity Clermont Woman's Club

by Chuck Seaver, South Lake Tablet 

The Clermont Police Department held its monthly Coffee with a Cop community relations event on Wednesday, March 20. The Clermont Woman’s Club, 655 West Broome Street, hosted the event.

Pam Schmitz, publicity chair for The Clermont Woman’s Club remarks that the club was chartered in 1927.  It is a non-profit service organization and by fundraising throughout the year, it can support international, national and local charities.  They meet the first Tuesday of each month (September through May) at 12:30 pm at the clubhouse, 655 W. Broome St., Clermont.  For information see


Coffee with a Cop is a program designed to enhance the community members’ relationship with law enforcement officers and the citizens of the communities that they serve. Businesses throughout the area often host the Coffee with a Cop program to exhibit not only support of the community but also the support of the local first responders in the community. It also provides a neutral location for real conversations about issues that matter.

Members of the police department included officers from the community relations division, criminal investigations, patrol, and administrative personnel. Clermont Police Chief Chuck Broadway often emphasizes the importance of communication between Clermont’s citizens and the officers who serve them. Broadway believes in being active in the community and encourages his officers to do the same. One example is an event scheduled for Wednesday, April 10th, beginning at 4 pm. The community event titled “Tip a Cop,” will be held at Miller’s Ale House, 1555 South Grand Highway, Clermont. Police officers will serve as servers and assistants to the wait staff to raise funds for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. This is a program in which police officers raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics by carrying the Flame of Hope across the state in honor of Special Olympics athletes.

Enjoy your favorite meal and leave a tip to help these athletes or their families participate in this annual event. Your donation is crucial to the success and mission of never charging athletes or their families to participate. 100% of the tips donated are given to the Special Olympics, Florida athletes.

The Clermont Police Department coordinates such events throughout the year. Visit the department’s Facebook page at Clermont Police Department (FL) for a full listing of the department’s scheduled events. 

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