Edison, NJ - The Edison Township Police Department celebrated the Fourth National “Coffee with a Cop” day today at a Mcdonald’s in Edison from 7:30a.m to 9:30a.m. 

National “Coffee with a Cop” day began in 2016 as part of National Community Policing Week, and now takes place every first Wednesday in October. 

Through the event, local law enforcement  hopes to encourage communication and positive interactions between law enforcement agencies and the public.

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“It gives an opportunity for the general public to come up to us, ask us questions, voice concerns, and things of that nature,” said Lt. Robert Dudash.  “I can see this program continuing without a doubt, and expanding for that matter.” 

“That’s what I like about the program. It brings people in on a different level. Sitting down with somebody and having a coffee is a lot better than coming into the headquarters and wanting to file a complaint or coming into the headquarters because you have an issue,” said Officer Keith Jackson. 

Edison Councilman Joe Coyle, who attended Wednesday’s event hopes to expand the program. “ I’ve come to support coffee with a cop today, which as an exciting opportunity for our residents to come out and meet the officers. It’s important and I hope we do more of it,” he said.