NEWTON, NJ — Area residents are invited to share an ice cream with officers from the Newton Police Department at Hayek’s Market and Ice Cream Parlor on Saturday, July 28.

This event is similar to the national initiative supported by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, Coffee with a Cop, which has “provided a great opportunity for community members to meet with officers, ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Newton,” according to Newton Police Chief Michael Richards. “Summer is a great time to meet at Hayek’s Market & Ice Cream Parlor, so we decided to change this event to ‘Cone with a Cop’.”

The event will be located at Hayek’s Market and Ice Cream Parlor, located at 1 Mill Street in Newton, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and is open to all community members. Those in attendance will receive a free small ice cream either in a cone or a cup.

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“We hope to be able to meet some families that couldn’t make it to our past Coffee with a Cop events that were held in the morning,” Richards said.

Similar events are held across the country, as local police departments strive to make positive, lasting connections with the communities they serve. Typically the only time people come in contact with law enforcement officers is during emergencies or emotional situations.

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