Berkeley County Sheriff's Office to mingle with residents at 'Coffee with a Cop'

A Berkeley County Sheriff's Office cruiser. (ANDREW KNAPP/STAFF)

The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office plans to break down barriers and build relationships by allowing residents to bring their questions and concerns to a planned "Coffee with a Cop" meet-and-greet Jan. 24.

The event will also give residents an opportunity to learn more about the Sheriff's Office and its officers' work in Berkeley County neighborhoods, according to a Tuesday news release from spokesman Dan Moon. All community members are invited to attend.

"Coffee with a Cop" will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Jan. 24 at Bojangles, 444 Highway 52 in Moncks Corner.

"We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns or simply get to know our officers," said Sheriff H. Wayne DeWitt in the release. "These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships."

Moon said DeWitt, who was recently arrested for drunken driving and hit-and-run, would not be at the meet-and-greet event, and that it is typically attended by deputies in an effort to allow residents to shoot-the-breeze with them over a cup of coffee. He said it is a casual gathering without the stressors typically associated with law enforcement encounters.

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