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Residents stop in for Coffee with a Cop

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Evansville residents had another chance to come out and talk to police officers on Wednesday morning. It's an initiative that's been brewing for some time at the police department.

The Donut Bank on Highway 41 and Lincoln was packed Wednesday morning. Not just people stopping in on their way to work, but for EPD's Coffee with a Cop.

It was the seventh one they've hosted since January. The goal is to encourage people to come out and talk to the officers. It's really informal- no presentation, no agenda, just coffee and conversation.

14 News spoke with Sgt. Jason Cullum who says he's seen a lot of programs come and go over the years. This has been more successful each month and Cullum says it's here to stay. 

"We can come out here and have manpower here once a month, all we want. But if the public doesn't embrace it, it's not successful. What we've seen is the public come out here. They're enthusiastic. It's opened the doors for communication at other times, not just coffee with a cop. So this is something that's going to stick around," Sgt. Cullum said. 

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative. The officers who founded the program were thereon Wednesday from California. They say they think it's been hugely successful. They're now traveling across the country, helping to implement this in other communities.

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