The first of what is to become a monthly event, Coffee with a Cop, was held at Chick-Fil-A Friday morning.
“It’s been a great day,” said Mt. Juliet Police Chief James Hambrick.
The event gave the public a chance to come out and talk to some of their officers, as well as Public Safety Director Andy Garrett, Mayor Ed Hagerty and Vice Mayor James Maness. Hambrick said he got the idea from a Police Chief publication, which highlighted a police department in California that was doing the same thing.
“This fits well with what we are trying to do,” said Hambrick. “We are trying to be as transparent as we can be.”
Hambrick said he wants the public to feel like their officers are approachable and very much a part of the community. He said this type of setting allows people to tell them about problems they may be having in the community that they normally would not approach them with, as well as just get to know them.
The event will be monthly from now on, and the police department will rotate on the north and south end of town so it makes it easier for all residents to participate. A location has not been chosen for July, which will be on the north end. In August, the Police Department will be back at Chick-Fil-A. The Chronicle of Mt. Juliet will publicize those dates when they become available, or you can check the city website at www.cityofmtjuliet.org or check out the Mt. Juliet Police Department Facebook or Twitter accounts.