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Township Police To Participate In ‘Coffee With A Cop Day’

Township police will be at six locations Oct. 4, participating in National Coffee With a Cop Day.

Officers will be at:

  • Dunkin Donuts at 920 Hamilton St. and Starbucks at 120 Cedar Grove Lane from 7-9 a.m.
  • Hamilton Street BBQ at 841 Hamilton St. and Kettleman’s Bagels at 456 Elizabeth Ave. from noon to 2 p.m.
  • Moe’s Southwest Grill at 120 Cedar Grove Lane and Confectionately Yours at 3391 Route 27, in the Franklin Town Center from 6-8 p.m.

The six-year-old program was launched by the Hawthorne, Cal. police department, according to the event’s web site.

“Community policing has long been considered a framework for establishing trust between the community and the police,” according to the web site. “However, over time the character and composition of our nation’s communities have changed due to shifting demographics, more commuters, and the introduction of different communication methods such as websites and social media.

“The Hawthorne Police Department hit upon a simple plan to break through the barriers that have been built over the years–a cup of coffee.

“In less than five years, Coffee with a Cop events have been hosted in all 50 states and is one of the most successful community oriented policing programs across the country. The program has also expanded to outside the Unites States to Canada, Europe, Australia, and Africa. The key to Coffee with a Cop’s growing success is that it opens the door for interactions outside of the crisis situations that typically bring law enforcement officers and community members together.”

 

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