The Greenville Police Department’s third annual Cops & Barbers Back to School Event took place at four barbershops across the city.
Eric Barnes is the owner of Young Vision Barber Shop along Evans Street.
Barnes said, “As you can see, full of kids a lot of supplies going out. I mean it’s just a wonderful day. When kids actually get an opportunity to interact with cops they get to see officers on a different level, as well as the officers, get to see the kids and other people on another level, they actually make the relationship stronger.”
Barnes said he’s seen the program grow from a one shop stop to four barber shops across town taking part.
Greenville Police Chief Mark Holtzman said Cops & Barbers is paying off for the city.
Holtzman said, “We look at the barber shops as an opportunity to connect our police officers with the community. It is a great place to have an honest conversation and it’s a safe place and a comfortable place to talk.”
Officers served free food right off the grill, as students grab a new backpack and geared up for a new school year.
Barnes said, “Relationships over the years has even grown more trust is even being built between the community and the officers.”