GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Greensboro Police Department is launching a new program that aims to build trust between officers and the communities they serve.
The first "Coffee with a Cop" event is Thursday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Chick-fil-a at Guilford College, located at 5901 W. Friendly Ave.
"Most of our calls involve us being called out helping people in distress. And it's a stressful situation," explained Officer Greg Bailey with the Community Resource Team.
"So for our officers this is also a good opportunity to come out in a less stressful situation and be able to have a good, positive conversation over a cup of coffee."
GPD is encouraging anyone to come and talk to officers, voice concerns and ask questions.
"It's some difficult times right now. It's quite upsetting seeing some of the things that's occurring," Officer Bailey said, referring to riots in Ferguson, Mo., and around the country. "We're trying to avoid that. We're trying to break down the barriers and make ourselves available."
He said he got the idea for "Coffee with a Cop" from a national program that promotes this type of interaction with citizens to build trust.
They hope to host these events every month or so throughout Greensboro.
The other events are planned for:
Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015
8:00 to 10:00 a.m. at
Chick-fil-a @ Brassfield
3703 Battleground Ave.
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015
7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at
Bruegger's Bagel Bakery
3211 Battleground Ave.