Officers with the Goldsboro Police Department are inviting car fanatics to meet up and hang out for a safe afternoon outside Berkeley Mall. Officer Michael Parks and Capt. LeAnn Rabun, with the Goldsboro Police Department, are organizing the department’s first Cars and Cops meet-up. Parks said the event on Sunday is for people who love modifying and showing off cars, as well as teens wanting a safe place to go without the risk of doing doughnuts and burnouts.

“There’s no trophies, you just come out, meet and talk with people,” Parks said. “We’re going to have some officers out with personal vehicles and police vehicles.

“I’m looking forward to it.”

Parks began organizing the event after seeing a similar police department host a meet-up in Pennsylvania. After seeing a number of teenagers getting kicked out of parking lots for loitering, sitting outside in cars and talking, Parks decided to provide a space where teens do not have to fear getting asked to leave by businesses.

“It always ends up because a business doesn’t want them there,” Parks said. “My goal is providing them a place.”

People can show off their cars from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Sears parking lot outside Berkeley Mall, located at 625 N. Berkeley Blvd. There is no entry fee, and all types of vehicles are welcome to participate. Since the event is focused on meeting and mingling, there is no competition.

Rabun said the department is expecting more than 100 people and families to attend the event. In addition to checking out cars and other vehicles, food trucks such as What’s the Dilla, Rico’s Tacos and Fired Up Pizza and BBQ will be out selling a variety of food.

“Cars and Cops is an opportunity for the car club to have a safe place for everyone to hang out,” said Rabun. “It’s an opportunity for officers and car club folks to mingle.”

Since the event is still in its early stages, Parks is not sure how often the department will host car meet-ups. He said he wants to eventually have a Cars and Cops event bimonthly, depending on scheduling.