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Coffee With A Cop

MARION, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -- Marion Police Captain Doug Slagle says the days of a police officer walking a beat are long gone.

"The officers are in their squad cards 24/7 and they don't have this interaction, said Captain Slagle. Usually the interaction is calls for service where the population usually isn't happy to see us."

So his department is rolling out Coffee with a Cop.

"This is just a new philosophy that we like to do with community outreach so you guys don't have to come to us, we can come to you, Captain Slagle explained to Marion resident Dave Paris.

Its an hour and a half where Marion Police Officers hang out, answer questions and maybe ask a few of their own. All in an environment where they can have relaxed discussions with people without the stress and distractions of responding to a call.

Paris stopped by to address some rumors he had heard from family and friends.

"You know, people are like, Oh, Marion cops, they're such jerks, they'll pull you over for one mile over, said Paris. And I'm like, Well let me just find out about that."

He says his nearly hour-long discussion put a face to the badge.

"I think he understands a little more what we do, what our job is and we understand where he's coming from also, said Marion Chief of Police Harry Daugherty.

The officers say thats the point, and a hour and a half a few times a year is a small price to pay to make it happen.

Chief Daugherty says Marion will have similar events once every three months, targeting different age groups.

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