SYLACAUGA, Ala. – On Wednesday Sylacauga Police hung out with members of the community doing something many like to do – drink coffee and hold a conversations.
‘Coffee with a Cop’ is designed to bring police officers and the community members they serve together–over coffee–to discuss issues and learn more about one another.
Coffee with a Cop has its own website that promotes police officers and law enforcement connecting with their surrounding communities. According to the site, Coffee with a Cop has three pillars to how its builds that connection.
First, it puts officers face to face with with the community. Taking time to meet at neutral locations provides the opportunity for real conversations about issues that matter. Second, it creates a casual atmosphere where everyone can relax. Coffee with a Cop events take place at local coffee shops and restaurants . Community residents can sit down with officers and ask questions or share what’s on their mind. Lastly, it builds trust. In a short time, citizens and police officers get to know each other and discover mutual goals for the communities they live in and serve.
Sylacauga Police held its event at Starbucks on Hwy. 280.
“It is always great to get out and be around the people in our community in a setting like this. We had a good time,” said Sylacauga Police Chief Kelley Johnson. “We look forward to doing it again.”