Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020
Information 12 This Morning
AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) — Officers with the town of Aiken Public Security Division put down their badges and picked up the espresso Wednesday as a part of the Espresso With a Cop program. The objective is to construct belief between legislation enforcement and the group it serves.
It was a morning crammed with espresso, donuts, and dialog.
“I prefer to be concerned in occasions that should do with the group. Notably constructive occasions.”
Espresso With a Cop is an opportunity for officers to hearken to the group face-to-face, in a non-emergent state of affairs. Officer Stephanie Barbee was a kind of in attendance Wednesday.
“You must join with the group. In the event you do not you are sort of failing your group in a manner. You must have that open door with them,” Officer Barbee stated.
Officer Barbee says folks typically come to voice issues about points locally that do not rise to the extent of calling 911.
“Lots of occasions we hear of issues, you understand, possibly points they’re having with their neighbors that we do not hear about.”
However Aiken neighbor Pat Kirk says she simply involves be taught.
“I do have a query about possibly the homeless state of affairs in Aiken if there may be one. And I used to be going to ask the policemen how they take care of it,” Kirk stated.
Officer Barbee says she hopes when folks depart, they see cops as folks identical to them.
“It humanizes us a bit bit. It lets them know that they’ll strategy us and never simply consider us as somebody that they learn on the information or examine dangerous issues.”
Officers say lack of belief between legislation enforcement and civilians is a nationwide downside. This program is an try and bridge that hole.
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