The Madison Police Department has scheduled a new community program next month in which the public can meet informally with its officers for a couple of hours and ask questions.
During the department's first "Coffee with a Cop" session, Madison Police Chief Chuck Pulford and another officer will meet with local residents from 7-9 a.m. on April 3 at 2nd Street Diner on S. Washington Ave.
According to Pulford, his department wants to hold an informal event, giving the public an opportunity to ask questions or perhaps voice a concern to himself or another officer. He understands that Madison residents may have wanted to ask an officer a question, but they may not have the opportunity to stop by City Hall or call the police department.
Pulford said it was important to the Madison's police officers "to maintain and develop strong relationships with the community we serve."
"Members of the public will be able to discuss whatever they would like in a comfortable and inviting setting," Pulford said in the announcement of the program.
If the program has a successful start, Pulford is interested in continuing the "Coffee With A Cop" sessions, holding them on the first Wednesday of each month.
The Madison Police Department has organized the April 3 event with assistance from Shari Eliason, owner of 2nd Street Diner, who will host the first session and has offered to provide the coffee for the April event.