A program that opens the door for interactions between police officers and community members outside of crisis situations took place today during Jacksonville State University’s Campus Safety Week. Coffee with a Cop brings police officers and the community members they serve together–over coffee–to discuss issues and learn more about each other. Sergeant Brian Mann has been with the JSU Police Department since 2008. He’s the Patrol Operations Sergeant. Mann says today’s event provided the right environment for students to realize that cops are people too – just with a uniform and badge… He says he wants students to remember that during Spring Break there are even certain ordinances at the beach. Officials say community policing has long been considered a framework for establishing trust between the community and the police. However, over time the character and composition of our local communities have changed, including the campuses of local colleges and universities. JSU Sophomore Dalton Campbell says today’s conversation with JSU police was the first time he sat down for a one-on-one with law enforcement. Also, JSU Sophomore Joseph Roberts says it helped him to feel comfortable with the cops. Coffee with A Cop was launched in Hawthorne, California in 2011. These events have been hosted in more than 2000 communities and in 49 states.