CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Charlottesville's men and women in blue are getting ready for a summer tradition. The 5th season of ‘Ice Cream With A Cop’ kicks off in Washington Park from noon until 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 8.

Officer Eric Thomas said it is important to understand the importance of a good relationship with those he protects and serves.

"Everyone loves ice cream. Community members get to talk with officers ask questions that they may have, express any concerns they may have and like I said it’s a non-enforcement setting so people feel a lot more comfortable but the overall focus is to build the relationship with the community,” said Thomas.

The event is free and open to the public. Ice cream is being provided by Ben & Jerry's.