SOMERSET, NJ - Officers from the Franklin Township Police department spoke to customers and local residents passing by Somerset Unisex Barber Shop on Hamilton Street Saturday afternoon. 

The event, titled “Barber Shop Talk with Cops,” was coordinated by FTPD Sgt. Sean Hebbon who is responsible for community outreach at the department.

The event is one of Hebbon's programs designed to help strengthen the relationship between the FTPD and local residents.

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Local business owner Nathan Sanders a business owner who has lived in Frank Township for more than 40 years hosted the event at his shop located at 818 Hamilton Street.

Local residents dropped in from 11 am to 2 pm Saturday and spoke with Officers, Malcolm Belvin, Kenneth Reid, and Hebbon on a variety of topics.

The purpose of the event is to help foster meaningful dialogue between the police and the public in a casual setting.

Hebbon credits the event to efforts made by Reid. 

"Officer Reid approached me with this idea which was unique and great for our community," Hebbon told TAPinto. "He also coordinated with Mr. Sanders to bring this concept to reality. 

One of many of the conversations focused on the benefits of police and the community knowing one another. 

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