IMG_9922SAVANNAH, GA (February 16, 2016) –The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department held its first Coffee with a Cop community outreach event in the Downtown Precinct this morning.

Coffee with a Cop brings police officers and the citizens they serve together – over a cup of coffee – to discuss issues and learn more about each other. This morning’s event took place at the McDonald’s on Broughton Street from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Coffee with a Cop is a national program, but it has never been done here in Savannah,” said Downtown Precinct Officer Joshua Holz. “I brought up the idea because many times citizens only see us when we are busy on a call. Coffee with a Cop is a time that is set aside with no distractions for us to better our relationships and understand one another.”

The precinct commander, crime prevention officer and several other officers met with folks who live and work in the downtown and west Savannah areas and tourists too. Some of the folks had specific crime concerns, most just appreciated the chance to see and talk to their officers.

The Coffee with a Cop program will be held in a variety of coffee shops all over Savannah and Chatham County.

“As a McDonald’s Owner/Operator, being involved in the community is a cornerstone of my business and supporting our local law enforcement is a huge priority for my restaurant,” said Dennis Racheck, Owner/Operator of Broughton Street McDonalds. “I hope that community members enjoy Coffee with a Cop and feel comfortable to ask questions, bring forward concerns, or simply get to know our officers.”

The next Coffee with a Cop will take place on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 in the Islands Precinct at McDonald’s on Wilmington Island.