PIGEON FORGE (WATE) – An event happening Monday, September 12, called “Coffee with a Cop” will provide a unique opportunity for community members to learn more about police work in Pigeon Forge.
Officers from the Pigeon Forge Police Department and members of the community will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss local issues and drink coffee.
The usual interactions between law enforcement officers and the public generally happens during emergencies and emotional situations, which is not the most effective time for relationship building with the community.
That’s where ‘Coffee with a Cop’ comes in, it allows for a relaxed, stress-free, one-on-one interaction and encourages citizens to talk openly with local law enforcement.
“We just like to hear what our community has to say. What they think about us, how we’re doing as a police department. If there are things they’d like to see done. Sometimes people may not want to call in and have us come to their neighborhood but in a situation like this or even if you walked into a convenience store or somewhere people approach and say hey can you check on this for me or check on that and this gives them another opportunity to do that,” said Bob Berkley of the Pigeon Forge Police Department.
McDonald’s is hosting these events to help advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between members of the community and the police.