BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.–On November 8th officers from the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office and community members have an opportunity to come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships and drink coffee.
According to Berkeley Co. Spokesperson Dan Moon, the majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations.
Moon says those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street.
‘Coffee with a Cop’ breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.
All community members are invited to attend. The event begins at 8:00 a.m. till 10:00 a.m. on November 8th 2014 at the Chic–Fil-A located at 516 St. James Avenue in Goose Creek.
‘Coffee with a Cop’ provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the Sheriff’s Office work in Berkeley County neighborhoods.
“We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers,” said Sheriff H.Wayne DeWitt . “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.”
‘Coffee with a Cop’ is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the county, as local police department strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.
For more information contact Sgt. Jimmie Ross at 843-719-4713, or [email protected] .
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