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National Coffee with a Cop day was Oct. 2.
by: Whitney Elfstrom Staff Writer

Police officers and community members shared one of the great joys of life together on Wednesday morning: Coffee. 

The Sarasota Police Department took part in national Coffee with a Cop Day, an initiative that works to introduce the community to officers in a friendly environment to allow them to share conversations about how to better the community. Police Chief Bernadette DiPino said the event, which took place at a McDonald's restaurant and a Starbucks coffee shop, allows people to have a positive interaction with police officers that builds trust within the community. 

"[This event] really shows police officers from a more human perspective because oftentimes when people see police officers, they (only) see the uniform," DiPino said. "[But] we want people to feel comfortable talking to us."

I’m the Sarasota community reporter, which means I cover the people, places and things of Sarasota. I graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a degree in journalism and digital communication and a minor in English. 

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