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Creedmoor residents chill with cops

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CREEDMOOR — The Creedmoor Police Department held its second annual Chillin’ with a Cop event at Pelican’s Snoballs on Lake Road on June 12.

Citizens got a chance to share shaved ice treats with officers in attendance and ask questions about the police force.

“We like to do this type of event when school gets out so you have both parents and children can come and inquire about the department,” said Creedmoor Police Chief Keith King. “The usual questions we get from kids are things like ‘What is that ribbon on your uniform?’ or ‘Have you ever had to fire your gun?’ The adults usually inquire why are we focusing on certain areas of the town or patrolling certain streets.”

King has been credited with initiating more community outreach in the last three years with the monthly Coffee with a Cop program and annual events such as Shop with a Cop.

Creedmoor Mayor Bobby Wheeler was in attendance and applauded the department’s continued outreach to the community.

“I always like to come to these as often as I can just to support the police and the community in general,” Wheeler said.

Turnout was light due to the overcast weather, but it didn’t deter children from having a good time savoring the shaved ice or bouncing around in an inflatable castle brought out for the event.

“I’m think events like this are a (way) to get to know all these officers,” said Kate Lyon, a parent. “Simply great people.”