NNPD hosts ‘Coffee with a Cop’

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — For two hours Tuesday morning, people in Newport News could stop by and have breakfast with the same officers who patrol and protect their neighborhoods.

It’s an event the Newport News Police Department calls “Coffee with a cop,” a way for police and residents to get together.Coffee with a Cop in Newport News2

“It’s one-on-one conversation over coffee. People can come here and talk to us about problems or issues they’re having in their community,” said Lt. Scott Williams with the NNPD.

“This is a great idea. It’s a central location here at Warwick Restaurant. We get to have more personal contact with our officers,” said Newport News citizen Pearl Murren.

The city has the fourth largest police department in the state — 440 sworn officers to protect 187,000 people.

Police Chief Richard Myers says, “You don’t trust who you don’t know.” And he’s hoping events like this will open up the lines of communication.

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