The Owensboro Police Department will host its annual "Coffee with a Cop" event Thursday, according to a press release from the department.
The event is an opportunity for residents of Owensboro to talk one-on-one with local police officers and voice any concerns they may have.
"Its purpose is just to develop relationships with the community," said OPD Public Information Officer Andrew Boggess.
Boggess said that while the event is not a public forum, guests will be able to voice any concerns that they hold, from public safety to speeding.
"We can either address the concerns or help facilitate getting the problem addressed," Boggess said.
Boggess said that OPD began hosting Coffee with a Cop in 2013.
He said that turnout is typically good, with anywhere from 20 to 30 people attending, up to more than 100 in the past.
"This is very important because it helps make contacts within the community," Boggess said. "Anybody and everybody is welcome."
Coffee with a Cop will take place from 7 to 9 a.m.Thursday at Hardee's at 2705 W. Parrish Ave.
Coffee with a Cop began in Hawthorne, California in 2011 as a way for the officers of the Hawthorne Police Department to interact more effectively with the people they serve, according to the program's website.
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