Binghamton police officers may soon be getting together to chat with city residents over a cup of coffee on a regular basis.

Another "Coffee with a Cop" day will be held at two locations in the city this week.

Binghamton police Captain Larry Hendrickson said the idea was first tried by the department last October.

The initiative brings police officers and residents together over coffee to talk about issues important to the community.

Organizers of the nationwide Coffee with a Cop program say the concept helps to build relationships in what's described as a "safe and neutral environment."

The next events in Binghamton are scheduled for Friday at two McDonald's restaurants. The first will be at 167 Main Street from 9 to 11 a.m. The second will take place at 488 Court Street from 2 to 4 p.m.

The restaurants will provide a free small cup of coffee to all who attend the events.

Hendrickson said the events could soon be held once a month.

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