OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) - Coffee with a Cop in Oxford is a chance for the police chief, investigators and officers who patrol the streets to personally meet and talk with residents about any issue they'd like to discuss.
For the officers who are on the streets and in neighborhoods, it's a great opportunity.
Patrolman Jacob Abel said, "It's to shake hands and meet people face to face out of a patrol car. We want them to know we're approachable."
One resident, whose father was murdered several years ago, says getting to know local law officers is very important to her after being affected by such a major crime.
Diane Gordon of Oxford said, "I'm just connecting with the sheriff and police department here. I feel like we need to stay in touch with our law enforcement when there is a need."
Robyn Tannehill of Oxford said, "It's been interesting to hear their thoughts on Oxford and the future of Oxford. It's an opportunity to thank them for all they do for the community."
Coffee with a Cop is a fairly new program in the state. Several police departments already do it besides Oxford and that includes Tupelo.
The police chief says a good relationship with the public is a vital part in keeping this a safe city.
Chief Joey East said, "As good as I think O.P.D. is, we can not solve crime without the community. We really need the community to help us in every aspect. The neighborhood watch has been such a great aspect here. We have such a great town that we want to be more involved in the community. We don't want to be a big city where no one knows us."
The chief says most of those he visited with offered a lot of encouragement to officers.
He says that goes a long way in the often dangerous jobs they do.