'Coffee with a Cop' in West Palm Beach

Posted at 5:35 PM, Sep 22, 2016

Hector Maldonado and his 8-year-old son Kevin are building a friendship with Officer Seth Buxton.

Officer Buxton is helping to launch a "Coffee with a Cop" program in the West Palm Beach Police Department.

 "This is a very good thing," said customer Hector Maldonado.

It's a time when people can talk to a police officer about anything, good or bad.

Coffee with a Cop couldn't come at a better time. Police shootings involving black men in Tulsa and in Charlotte have led to large demonstrations. That tension is real, even in Palm Beach County and on the Treasure Coast. 

"We are hoping people will come out and see that police officers are their friends. We are here to help and you may have a question related to police work or you just want to talk to a police officer and get to know them better," Officer Buxton said.

Officer Buxton says it's important that people come to know they can trust their local officers. The first step is talking to them.
 "Maybe break down any stereotypes that exist on both ends of the spectrum," the officer told NewsChannel 5.
"It's great because some people want to ask police officers something that they want to know," said 8-year-old Kevin.

Coffee with a Cop will be Wednesday, September 28,  from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at McDonald's at 2421 Okeechobee Boulevard in West Palm Beach (west of I-95)

For more information, contact the West Palm Beach Police Department.