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Sheriff’s Office to host community for coffee

Staff Writer

When the public needs them, they are there.
But oftentimes, the sight of law enforcement causes members of the general public to become nervous. One of the reasons the average citizen may become nervous around a sheriff’s deputy could be that there are few times interaction is possible without there being a crisis situation.
The nationwide initiative Coffee with a Cop hopes to break down those barriers and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office wants to help.
On Aug. 20, local deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office will gather at the Dunkin Donuts on East Main Street in Lincolnton in an effort to open lines of communication with the public in a
relaxed environment.
The nationwide initiative, supported by the Department of Justice and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, aims to improve relationships between local law enforcement and community members, a cup of coffee at a time. Taking place in over 175 cities and in 36 states, Coffee with a Cop removes the tense scenarios that are typical of police interaction and brings the law enforcement community and the public face to face in an informal setting that allows for open dialogue.
“We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns or simply get to know our deputies,” said Sheriff David Carpenter. “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.”
The open communication and the lack of fear or emotional distress that may come from law enforcement interaction foster a culture of trust and community involvement, with the hope that it will lead to a decrease in local crime.
Coffee with a Cop will take place on Aug. 20 at Dunkin Donuts on East Main Street in Lincolnton from 9-11 a.m.

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