SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) - Police officers are inviting community members to join them with a cup of joe in efforts to build stronger relationships within the city.
"Coffee with Cops" is a nationwide event, many agencies have participated and have found success. In the city of Sylvester, it's their first time and they are excited to hear from the community.
Sergeant J.C. Shivers of Sylvester PD says he hopes citizens will come forward and voice their concerns about what is going on in their neighborhood and their city.
He believes the residents and the people who work in Sylvester are the eyes and ears of the community and the police department relies heavily on them.
"We want people to feel that they can come to us, whether they are in an emergency situation or just like to talk about issues or concerns that they're having," Sergeant Shivers said.
Chief of Police Robert Jennings says sometimes people are reluctant to visit the department or attend city meetings but he hopes "Coffee with Cops" with help bridge that gap and offer residents with a neutral space that makes them feel comfortable to express themselves.
This event will educate people about the department, what they do, and allows them to get the one-on-one interaction that is often difficult during a regular day-to-day period. Officials feel it is about breaking down barriers.
It will take place at the Burger King located off of E. Franklin, from 7:30 AM- 9:00 AM.