PISCATAWAY, NJ – On November 21, officers from the Piscataway Township Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee. This is the department’s fifth such event.

All residents and community members are invited to attend.

The event begins at 8 a.m. on November 21 at IHOP Store #4782, 1340 Centennial Avenue.  Please contact Lt. Frank Hackler with questions: (732) 562-2351 or fhackler@piscatawaynj.org.

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Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Piscataway’s neighborhoods.

The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

“This is an fantastic opportunity for members of our community to sit down, ask questions, bring concerns, or just simply get to know their police officers,” said Piscataway Police Captain Scott Cartmell. “Our four previous events were very successful.  Engaging our community in a friendly atmosphere is just one step in bonding community trust.”

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

The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.