WAYNESBORO, GA (WFXG) - The Waynesboro Police Department works to eliminate barriers between law enforcement and the community.
Thursday, they invited citizens to join them for coffee and doughnuts at Golden Pantry. They listened to the public’s concerns and also introduced Waynesboro’s new chief of police, Willie James Burley.
Assistant Chief, Tommy Henderson says, “We try to collaborate with our citizens in order to identify problems and then we empower them by trying to combat whatever those issues are together.”
They work to share the message- that they’re not so different from us. “Most people’s only encounter with a police officer might be on a traffic stop, so in this particular instance, it’s over a cup of coffee. We can have fun, we can laugh, people aren’t so intimidated by presence of police officers."
During the event, community members met Waynesboro’s newest “top cop."
“Any comments or concerns, they want to talk about, that’s what we’re here for," says Chief Burley.