SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The mayors, police brass, and, importantly, the officers of the Scotch Plains and Fanwood police departments, spent the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 7, getting to know the members of the community in an informal setting during the annual "Coffee with a Cop Day.

"They should get to know people. I think we have good cops here. We look up to them," said Tahira Alfay, a longtime Scotch Plains resident. "There are good ones and there are bad ones, but when you need them they do come. I have no problem with them as long as they take care of the people."

Several visitors thanked the police officers for keeping the town safe. 

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Coffee with A Cop is an effort to build better communications and relationships between the police and the community they serve. It was launched in Hawthorne, California, by the Hawthorne police department to find ways to interact more successfully with citizens. The idea has grown tremendously over the last decade. Coffee with a Cop events are now held in all 50 states. It is one of the most successful community-oriented policing programs in the country.

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