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Erlanger Police Host Coffee with a Cop

Erlanger Police Chief Todd Brendel wants the community to meet the members of his force.

The public is invited to "Coffee With a Cop" on Saturday, February 17 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the new Tim Horton's location in the city.

"I guess I came up with the idea," said Brendel, who was named chief last year. "I had seen the meet and greet for the chief, and I thought, I would like for people to meet the road guys."

Brendel set the date, hoping the department could catch people on their way to run Saturday errands.

"We have a banner up at Tim Horton's promoting the event," said Brendel. "We plan to have five to six officers up there at any given time, as they are not on duty."

Brendel said that he often hears from members of the public that they wish they knew Erlanger's officers better. He hopes to foster stronger relationships beginning with events like Saturday's coffee meet-up. He knows from experience as a school resource officer that knowing an officer beyond the uniform is helpful.

The chief also plans to engage other local businesses as the coffee events continue.

"I want to develop a working relationship with the businesses," he said. "And I would like to do this event once a month, but I am thinking about varying the times so sometimes it would be in the morning, and sometimes in the evening."

Brendel said he would like to bring back the National Night Out also because it lets families get to know the police officers.

"It really helps to take the fear out of the uniform," Brendel said.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor