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Roxbury residents have coffee with police commissioner

Police Commissioner William Evans and Zone 2 Deputy Joseph Harris chatted with Roxbury residents Wednesday at a McDonald’s on Warren Street.

Zachary Wittman for The Boston Globe

Police Commissioner William Evans and Zone 2 Deputy Joseph Harris chatted with Roxbury residents Wednesday at a McDonald’s on Warren Street.

Over breakfast sandwiches and cups of McDonald’s coffee, dozens of Roxbury community members met Wednesday morning with Boston Police Commissioner William Evans in the city’s second “Coffee with a Cop” event.

The series is part of a national movement started by the US Department of Justice. By setting up informal meetings between police officers and residents, police hope to build relationships with the people they protect, according to Boston police spokesman James Kenneally.

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“This is a good opportunity for us to show the public we’re all on the same team,” Kenneally said in a telephone interview.

Nearly 70 people gathered Wednesday morning to chat with the commissioner at the McDonald’s restaurant on Warren Street in Roxbury, Kenneally said.

“These people got to talk to police officers, and on the flip side, police got to talk to people,” Kenneally said.

The gathering was the second of 11 planned “Coffee with a Cop” meetings in the city. The next is scheduled for Wednesday at Brothers Deli & Restaurant on Blue Hill Avenue in Mattapan, Kenneally said.

For information about other events, visit coffeewitha cop.com.

Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at jacqueline.tempera@globe.com. Follow her on twitter @jacktemp.
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