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Chat with cop over morning coffee

By John Joyce
Published in News on November 6, 2013 1:46 PM

"Coffee with a Cop," a nationwide program, is making its Goldsboro debut this week.

Goldsboro police officers on patrol Thursday morning will be stopping by the Bojangles at 1025 N. Spence Ave. between 7 and 9 a.m. to meet the public for a chat and cup of Joe.

"This is a chance for the patrol and residential ward officers to get out and meet with the people in their areas," Sgt. Paige Learnard said.

The new program is being initiated so that citizens can come by, ask questions and get to know the officers in their community, she said.

A flier being distributed around town advertising the inaugural event promises "no agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions and voice concerns."

Dates and locations are being finalized to continue the "Coffee with a Cop" program every second Thursday of the month for the next 12 months, Learnard said.

A shift supervisor or someone at the administrative level will be at each event.

According to its website, coffewithacop.com, the program is in more than 175 cities in 36 states.