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Elizabethtown Police Department is inviting residents to participate in some conversation over a cup of coffee this week.
EPD is hosting its second Coffee with a Cop event from 8 to 10 a.m. Friday at the McDonald’s at 900 N. Mulberry St. The program allows officers to meet with residents to answer questions and build relationships within the community.
The first event took place in the fall, which Maj. Troy Dye said went well.
“We had a good mix of folks who came in,” he said.
EPD officials considered the program for some time and it was implemented after Dye learned more about it at a training session in Owensboro.
“It’s a good program,” he said. “We thought it would work well for us.”
EPD plans to host an event a few times a year at different locations around the city. Dye said hosting the events in neutral locations makes them more accessible, less intimidating and more convenient for area residents.
EPD officials strongly believe in “community-oriented policing,” Dye said, which focuses on informing the community of the department’s activities and being open to hearing from residents. Along with Coffee with a Cop, EPD hosts open houses and recently has begun incorporating community members into an interview portion of the hiring process of new officers. Residents can describe what they want to see in their community’s officers, he said.
Coffee with a Cop events are hosted in more than 175 cities and towns in 36 states.
Kelly Cantrall can be reached at 270-505-1747 or email@example.com.