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Published on April 13, 2024
Sevierville Police Deepen Community Ties with 'Coffee With a Cop' EventSource: Facebook / Sevierville Police Department

In an effort to sweeten the relationship with their locals, the Sevierville Police Department hosted an event dubbed 'Coffee With a Cop', reported WVLT. This cozy affair took place on Friday at Healthy Balance Meals located on 313 Court Avenue, where citizens had the chance to chat up officers over a complimentary cup of joe from 10:00 a.m. to noon.

Sgt. Caleb Brien, with the Sevierville Police Department, emphasized the importance of community involvement in the department's mission. “We need our community to be involved to be successful in what our mission is. And this is an opportunity for them to come talk to us in a comfortable environment and really make strides in our mission, but at the same time keeping the community safe,” he said in a statement obtained by WVLT.

The initiative is not just a local stint but a part of a national movement supported by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community-Oriented Policing Services. Connecting with community members one-on-one in a non-emergency setting breaks down barriers that typically exist between police officers and civilians. The department expressed that often, the bulk of their contact with the public occurs during heightened, emotional situations, which doesn't always allow for effective relationship building.

For residents seeking to raise questions or just get familiar with the officers on patrol, this event is a prime opportunity. The Sevierville Police Department’s post on Facebook encouraged community members to make use of the approachable setting. “Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Sevierville’s neighborhoods,” highlighted the post.

Further details about the specific community issues discussed or the number of attendees were not provided, but the department has made its contact details available for residents who may have questions or would like to follow up after the event. Interested individuals were encouraged to contact SPD Sergeant Caleb Brien, as seen on the department’s event notice shared on Sevierville’s official website.