ROSELLE, NJ - Mayor Jamel C. Holley announced that he and the Roselle Borough Council have teamed up with the Roselle Police Benevolent Association (PBA) to kick off their "Coffee with a Cop" initiative, which provides local residents an opportunity to meet local police officers in the downtown business district.
Residents will have the opportunity to interact with Holley, council members and police officers to learn more about Roselle's community policing programs, including the Junior Police Academy which gives young teens a chance to encounter a hands-on experience of what it takes to become a police officer before graduating high school.
Holley said in a statement, “There is a disconnect relative to how the use of excessive force by the police is properly implemented among people in communities. The reality of this disconnect disturbs me whenever I hear of a police officer shooting an individual, or an individual shooting at an officer. Recent incidents in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City have brought more attention to the depth of this epidemic and efforts must be made to address the core part of all this. The time for bridging the gap on how the police and the community engages with each other is long overdue!
While I understand the totality of why these types of events happen in communities, it is important for all of us to remain focused on identifying solutions rather than holding on to our respective opinions. Make no mistake, there are many great law enforcement officers, including my late grandmother. However, it is critically important that our community as a whole become unified through the development of positive relationships between community stakeholders and our law enforcement officials.
"Coffee With A Cop" will be held at the Dunkin Donuts located at 105 W. 1st Ave. (corner of Chestnut and 1st Ave.) on Monday, Sept. 15 from 7 to 8:30 am and every third Monday of the month: October 20, November 17 and December 15.