PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Piscataway Township Police Department invites area residents to join officers for a free cup of coffee and some conversation on Tuesday, March 14 at ShopRite, 1306 Centennial Avenue. The event will take place from 10 a.m. until Noon.
Piscataway Police began participating in the Coffee with a Cop program in early 2015. This event, which is held several times throughout the year, provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Piscataway Township neighborhoods.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for our residents to sit down with us, ask questions, bring concerns, or just simply get to know their police officers,” said Piscataway Chief of Police Scott L. Cartmell. “Our previous events were extremely successful. Engaging our community in a friendly atmosphere is just another step in bonding community trust.”
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.
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 country, 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.
For more information, please contact Lt. Frank Hackler at (732) 562-2351.