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Time to have "Coffee With A Cop"

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BEAUFORT, N.C. - A local police department is ramping up efforts to get to know the community.

The Beaufort Police Department in Carteret County is warming up to the public with coffee.
     
The first in a series of “Coffee With A Cop" meetings took place Tuesday.

People who live in Beaufort stopped by Dunkin Donuts to grab a cup and get to know their local officers.
     
Police say it's part of a national program breaking down stereotypes and making officers more approachable.

"Just to see that we're not, we're not somebody they need to fear,” said Lt. Anthony Ginther, Beaufort Police Department. “They really need to come and understand that we're human, just like them."

"It's a joke, you know, about having doughnuts and coffee with the police, but it's a great social time. They're great guys, really," said Horatio Sinbad, Beaufort resident.

Officers hope a stronger bond with the community will lead to more crime tips.

The "Coffee With A Cop" meetings will happen the 1st Tuesday of every month at different locations.
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