SPD launch a new initiative to improve relationships with community members
SHREVEPORT, LA (KMSS) — Aside from serving and protecting, some Shreveport Police officers took on new jobs Friday morning in an effort to interact more with the community.
Coffee with a cop is a new initiative by Shreveport Police to allow citizens the opportunity to meet local officers and discuss community issues they may have. The officers were not only greeting guests with a warm cup of coffee, but also standing in as temporary Mcdonald's workers.
Police said it's just a good way to build relationships with those in the city of Shreveport.
"We're just here to talk to them and meet them and say hey, we're here if you need us. If you want to come talk to us, now's the chance, or any other time just give us a call, stop us out on the street, and we'll be glad to talk about anything you need to talk about. It's all about breaking down the barriers between the community and the police department, in which we think it works pretty well," said Cpl. Mary Garrett.
The initiative comes from a workshop the police force attended and Shreveport police are looking to do this at least once a month, going to different places all over the city as well as other surrounding communities.