TRENTON, NJ - The Roxbury Police Department was honored Monday by the state Attorney General's Office for conducting its annual food drive to help Roxbury Social Services.
The department was one of four Morris County police organizations among more than 30 statewide that were named in the attorney general's community policing awards ceremony at the Rutgers University Livingston Campus Student Center.
In awarding Roxbury, the Attorney General's Office pointed out how the department "conducts an annual food drive with incentives for children who donate food items," pointing out that kids who donate the items get to meet a Roxbury police officer and get their photos taken with them and displayed on the department's Facebook page as "Hunger Heros."
The children also get to sit in a patrol vehicle and are entered into a drawing to win a ride in a patrol car as well as get a private tour of the police station, noted the Attorney General's Office.
“I firmly believe that a successful community policing program is far more than uniformed police officers walking the beat,” said state Attorney General Porrino in a statement. “Rather, it’s an overarching strategy that depends on the collaboration between police departments and community groups working together to identify and solve local neighborhood problems."
Porrino said the goal of the ceremony was to "recognize and commend these outstanding law enforcement agencies and officers for their innovative approaches to fostering relationships of collaboration, trust, and understanding between police departments and the community.”