University Pines seniors enjoy a cup of coffee with local cops
Imagine being pulled over by a police officer, not for speeding or for an improper lane change, but for a friendly cup of coffee. Now, seniors living at University Pines did not get pulled over, but dozens of residents did enjoy a nice cup of Joe with local law enforcement.
The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office launched a new program, “A Cup of Coffee With A Cop,” in an effort to encourage local residents in the Pensacola community to meet with the deputies responsible for keeping the area safe. University Pines residents chatted with the officers about local events and even shared some of their own stories!
The sheriff’s office created the program to build bonds with the officers who serve the community and surrounding areas. By becoming friendly and familiar with University Pines residents, they did just that.
“Our residents enjoyed the visit from the sheriff’s deputies,” said Kathleen Matthews, enrichment coordinator at University Pines. “They sipped coffee and got to know one another.”
The program has given people a chance to see officers as much more than just policemen responding to emergencies. They get the opportunity to view them as people behind the badges, while developing trust at the same time.
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