HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Members of the Hillsborough Police Department welcomed patrons of Starbucks Coffee yesterday afternoon during the annual "Coffee with a Cop," a day of recognition and casual interaction with the community sponsored by the national coffee chain.

While Chief Mike McMahon mingled with customers and uniformed officers on one side of the counter, four other officers worked on the service side of the counter, pouring coffee, mixing coffee drinks and serving pastries.

McMahon said members of the department had been looking forward to the event, as the COVID-19 pandemic has limited the ability to interact with the public for months.

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McMahon also reminds residents that members of the department will be outside the Nelson's Corner ShopRite Supermarket on pRoute 206 from 9 a.m.-1 a.m. on Nov. 21 to collect food donations during the annual "Stuff the Bus" campaign sponsored by PBA Local 205. Donations collected are loaded into a bus and transported to the municipal building in the afternoon where it will be sorted for distribution by the Community Assistance Network.

The chief will also suspend the ban on growing beards for the month of November, but police must pay for the privilege - $20 - with all fees donated to a local charity, yet to be determined. The ban on facial hair - mustaches are permitted - will go back into effect Dec. 1.