Coffee With A Cop: Jacksonville Officers Make Friends One Cup At A Time

Feb 3, 2016

JSO Public Information Officer Melissa Bujeda works the take-out window.
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An Arlington McDonald's partnered with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Wednesday morning for the department’s inaugural Coffee With A Cop event.

JSO Lieutenant Mike Beckmann organized the informal coffee klatch.

“Coffee with a Cop is a national program,” he says. “It’s just a chance for people to come out, meet the officers that work in their area.  There’s no speeches, no agenda. It’s just a chance for us to listen to y’all.”

One of the people who came to the coffee meet-up was 8-year-old Kierra Green, who says she always thought police officers were scary.  Now she knows they’re not.

Eight-year-old Kierra Green (with mom Shanteyl and 2-year-old brother Cameron) says police officers are her friends.
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“Like, if there’s anything wrong I can tell my mom and she can call the police, and I don’t have to be afraid,” she says.

The sheriff's office plans to hold Coffee With A Cop events in all six of the city’s police zones this year.

The program started nearly five years ago in Hawthorne, California, as a way to strengthen the bonds between police and the community they serve.