Officers gather at CM Eppes Middle School for ‘Cookout for Cops’


GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Law enforcement officers spent their lunch break at CM Eppes Middle School as volunteers and students hosted a “Cookout for Cops,” serving free hot dogs and hamburgers.

Organizers say the cookout was not just to thank the officers, but to foster positive relationships.

“A lot of our kids stay in the neighborhoods. They just see the police officers riding around, maybe coming in to do some enforcement action. So with them coming to the school, they really get to see the police officers in a different light,” said Richard Williams of the Greenville Police Department.

Friday’s gathering served as one of the last events during National Police Week. The school hopes to hold more events like it in the future.

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