KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Saturday dozens of Kansas City, Kansas residents had coffee with a cop at Mount Zion Baptist Church. It was for a community forum about uniting the community with the department’s new Chief of Police.
"My hope is that we continue to build relationships, continue to build trust. We've worked very hard over the last 20 years working with the community," said Police Chief Terry Zeigler.
KCK resident Joanne Smith said there are some things she'd like to see change.
“Just that we come together as a community not have we don't need to be separated like law and community we need to be cohesive as a group,” she said.
Chief Zeigler who took over in January acknowledged not all interactions with police are positive.
"That's one thing that I've heard is that you know the citizens think we can improve on being more courteous and respectful with them,” said Zeigler.
Safety First, Courtesy Always is a new initiative Chief Zeigler said promotes every contact that police make with the public starts with courtesy and respect. It’s something he said hopes leads to better relationships between residents and police.
"Everybody likes being treated with courtesy and respect. So, if our officers are doing that on a daily basis with every contact they have it's going to improve our relationship in the community,” he said.
Chief Zeigler took over in January. His career with the Department started in 1990 after serving three years active-duty with the United States Army.