NEWTON, NJ—The Newton Police Department invites the community to join them at Hayek’s Market and Ice Cream Parlor for another of their Coffee with a Cop events. The police officers will be at Hayek’s located at 1 Mill Street, on Thursday, July 21 from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m.

This is an opportunity for the residents of Newton to come out and speak informally to members of the Newton Police Department about community issues, as well as build relationships with the new officers that have just joined the department.

Newton Police Officers will also be discussing the recently introduced Sussex County C.L.E.A.R Program.  

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The previous Coffee with a Cop events have “provided a great opportunity for community members to meet with officers, ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Newton,” said Chief Michael Richards. 

In many cases, law enforcement officers are only able to interact with the public when there is an emergency or during an emotional situation Richards explained.

“We recognize that those situations are not always the best time for relaxed discussion and building relationships in the community. We encourage residents to stop by, ask questions, bring concerns and simply get to know your hometown officers,” said Richards.

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.  There are similar events that are being held across the country every day, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities that they serve.