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Oakland Police Chief Floyd Mitchell hosts 1st ‘Coffee with a Cop’ to strengthen community relations [Video]

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OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) — Coffee with a Cop in Oakland included coffee with the new chief on Thursday.

“I like my coffee black with two Sweet’N Lows in it,” said Chief Floyd Mitchell, with big laugh.

Mitchell held these kinds of meet-and-greet events routinely at his two previous chief jobs in Texas. From homeowners to business owners, he says this is a powerful way to build effective relationships.

“We cannot be at every place all the time. So we rely on these relationships, so when we have incidents, that relationship is already built,” explains Chief Mitchell.

Shawn Granberry, a life-long Oakland resident and Oakland business owner, says this was an opportunity to explain to the new chief the difference between, what he describes, as old Oakland and new Oakland.

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“Old Oakland would be someone like me. Who has been in the neighborhood …

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