At 8 a.m. on Wednesday, October 2, the Kentucky State Police joined forces around the country for “Coffee with a Cop.”
The annual event started in California in 2011 as a way to break down barriers between police and the people they serve and protect. “Anytime we can make connections with the community it will help improve that relationship,” stated Trooper Shane Jacobs, Public Affairs Officer for KSP Post 10.
Throughout the two-hour event, people came and went through Billy’s One Stop, one of two sites featuring Post 10 troopers this year. People were able to speak with the troopers about everything and anything, from local drug issues to UK football. Troopers Dallas Eubanks and Jason Bunch joined Jacobs at the event mingling with the dozens of people that came and went. The event was popular with the locals, who enjoyed the chance to share their concerns with the officers. “I think they should do more of them,” said patron Homer Vanover regarding the meet-up.
“People should feel comfortable, we’re no different than anyone else,” said Jacobs. He believes the event is helpful for building trust between police and community, adding “community members are our eyes and ears; we’re fortunate police support remains high in Eastern Kentucky.” It was a sentiment shared by much of the crowd. “They do an excellent job,” Vanover said.
All 16 KSP Posts participated this year, adding to the 10,000 plus events held around the world. Some, like Post 10, had two locations.