SARTELL -- Sartell residents and the police department grabbed a cup of coffee and made some small talk this (Thursday) morning at Coffee with a Cop.

Sartell Police Chief Jim Hughes says Coffee with a Cop is a community outreach program put on by the Metro Citizens Police Academy.

"The academy met with the Chief's of Police in the area and wondered if this was something we would be interested in and get residents to know their local law enforcement," says Hughes.

Throughout the morning members of the community were able to address their concerns face to face with those that protect their city.

"A few of the people I talked to this morning said they were going to email the police department but saw the flyer and thought they would talk to someone in person, which is what we like to see," says Hughes.

Hughes says many of the questions people asked were about gangs, drugs and how to stay safe in the community.

Coffee with a Cop is in it's first year and will rotate throughout the rest of the metro cities.

However, Hughes says this may be an event the police department looks to continue on a regular basis in Sartell.

"We have outreach programs for the youth and the seniors but not just a general open forum like this," says Hughes.

Coffee with a Cop was held this morning at Liquid Assets in Sartell.


Members of the Sartell police department and the community gathers at Liquid Assets for Coffee with a Cop. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News).