- Associated Press - Thursday, April 17, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Residents in and around Omaha’s Benson community can get to know their local police officers a little better over coffee.

Omaha police are holding another “Coffee with a Cop” event Thursday morning at 8 a.m. at Leo’s Diner on Maple Street, just west of the Benson area.

Omaha police want to get to know community members outside the constraints of emergency and crisis situations. To do that, they’re inviting the public to sit down for a cup of coffee.

The invitation is part of a nationwide movement by law enforcement agencies.

The concept is a simple: Police and residents come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues and build relationships over a cup of coffee.

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