CRANFORD, NJ – The Cranford Police Department recently announced a new Community Policing Unit within the CPD.

The unit will create a shared responsibility between Cranford residents and police to improve the quality of life in the township, according to a press release from the CPD.

“Through identifying problem-solving initiatives that work to reduce crime and empower residents, our community works to study and solve problems together,” Chief Ryan Greco said in the press release.

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The two-officer unit ensures that a Community Policing Officer will be available all week. Initiatives include public outreach with local community groups, security surveys, targeted patrols, quality of life matters and hearing concerns from the public in a non-emergent means, according to the press release.

“By offering these impromptu opportunities to hear from residents in a less formal environment, matters that sometimes went unanswered and unreported can now be brought to the attention of Township departments,” the press release reads.

Additionally, the initiative involves local businesses and their patrons. On Feb, 27, the unit will host a “Coffee with a Cop” event, in which residents can speak casually with members of the CPD over a cup of coffee.

“While not every matter may be related to a police-response, our officers will offer direction to residents to achieve resolutions to their community concerns,” Greco said.

Patrolmen Robert Jordan and John Rattigan are currently assigned to the unit.

“Both Patrolmen Jordan and Rattigan are experienced, well-rounded officers who have a thumb on the pulse of law enforcement trends and our community needs,” Greco said.

For more information, visit the department’s website at www.cranfordnj.org/police-department and click on “Community Policing Unit” to get tips, details of upcoming events, or find contact information.

Residents, business owners and community groups can contact Ptl. Rattigan and Ptl. Jordan at 908-272-8989 or j-rattigan@cranfordnj.org and r-jordan@cranfordnj.org.

“Coffee with a Cop” will be held between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at Mr. J’s Deli. For more information, click here.