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Moss Point residents enjoy the city's first 'Coffee with Cops' event

Conversations over freshly brewed coffee took place in Moss Point Thursday morning at Burnham Drugs. (Photo source: WLOX) Conversations over freshly brewed coffee took place in Moss Point Thursday morning at Burnham Drugs. (Photo source: WLOX)
Officers say they're trying to build and work on improving relations with the residents in the community. (Photo source: WLOX) Officers say they're trying to build and work on improving relations with the residents in the community. (Photo source: WLOX)
Officers hope these conversations over a cup of coffee will show that behind the badge, we are all the same. (Photo source: WLOX) Officers hope these conversations over a cup of coffee will show that behind the badge, we are all the same. (Photo source: WLOX)
MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) -

Conversations over freshly brewed coffee took place in Moss Point Thursday morning at Burnham Drugs. Moss Point police say they're trying to build and work on improving relations with the residents in the community, one coffee cup at a time.

There were no agendas or reading of minutes. Just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns, and meet the people who wear the Moss Point Police badge.

"I speak to people on a daily basis who don't trust us, and so I want to build trust in our community and let them know that we're here for them and we're a part of the community," Police Chief Art McClung said.

Chief McClung said the mission of coffee with a cop is to break down barriers between police officers and the citizens they work hard to protect and serve.

"I'm always trying to bring new innovative ideas to bring the community together with the police department because I always say, 'we're not against them and they shouldn't be against us.' This is a partnership," he said.

Pam Perkins wants to be a part of that partnership. She's lived in Moss Point for nearly 40 years and is happy to be able to take advantage of this opportunity to get together with local law enforcers in an informal setting.

"I think it opens up the lines of communication. When you have a problem, it's easier. You can pick up the phone and call and voice a complaint," Perkins said.

She even brought her grandkids along.

"The little one," she said pointing, "he enjoys talking to them and giving them high fives, and I just want them to know that they're their friends, and if they have concerns and problems, that these are men and women that can help who are there for them."

Clifton Magee has also lived in Moss Point for over 30 years, and hopes this is one of many talks he can have with the city's officers.

"With the controversy that is surrounding law enforcement and communities in the United States now, we need better understanding," Magee said firmly.

Officers hope these conversations over a cup of coffee will show that behind the badge, we are all the same.

Chief McClung said the city's next big event is Night Against Crime. To avoid August's brutal temperatures, the event will take place in October this year.

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