Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan was a guest at Mt. Juliet Police Department’s Coffee with a Cop event Friday morning.
The popular two-hour meet and greet took place at Courtney’s Restaurant in Mt. Juliet and is part of an ongoing series of informal meetings to bring local police officers together with citizens.
Mt. Juliet Police spokesman Tyler Chandler said the event that takes place the third Friday of each month is growing in popularity. He invited Bryan to share in the experience.
“We thought it would be great for the sheriff to come,” said Chandler. “It’s really nice to work together in this positive environment.”
Bryan said he enjoyed it so much he plans to return for each Coffee with a Cop event.
“It’s been good,” said Bryan, who was accompanied by several members of his department. “It’s an opportunity for us to interact with citizens down here. It’s all about information sharing.”
Several of the issues he was presented with included “traffic concerns and questions about growth in the county.”
“They wanted to know how we are prepared to deal with growth,” he said.
Mt. Juliet police Chief James Hambrick attends each Coffee with a Cop event. He said he was pleased Bryan was along for the exchanges with residents. He said he was asked about things that ranged from traffic questions to the leash law.
“We are in this together,” he said in reference to the sheriff’s visit to the event. “We have a good working relationship. This is about Wilson County, not just Mt. Juliet. We are a whole team.”
Both law enforcement officials said their officers get a morale boast when citizens express their appreciation for their work.