NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Is your family ready to head back to school?
If not, have no fear. The New Brunswick Police Department intends to hand out backpacks to local kids from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 26, in the Walgreens parking lot. That's near Jersey Avenue and Handy Street.
Local families can stop by and pick up the backpacks free of charge, according to the city.
And if you're up for it, you can stick around and chat with city police officers. New Brunswick is inviting everyone to the event.
The police force paid for the back-to-school gear with money from the Det. Matthew L. Tarentino Community Policing Grant Program, according to the city. The initiative got its name from the fallen Summit Police Department detective, who died in a car crash in late May.
The city said he was “known for his extensive community outreach efforts” where he served.
In total, New Brunswick's police department received $10,000 from the program, which was launched by the state Office of the Attorney General. The Hub City's police force was one of just nine departments to receive the maximum grant amount, according to the state.