Coffee with a Cop Event at Cumberland Mall June 16Last Edited:
The Cumberland Mall will host a Coffee with a Cop event on Saturday, June 16, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
The County Positive Youth Development Coalition (CCPYDC), in partnership with the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office, Vineland Police Department, Millville Police Department, Bridgeton Police Department, New Jersey State Police, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, Cumberland County Human Services Department, Center for Family Services, The Police Chaplain Program, and Southwest Council are hosting the Cumberland County Coffee with a Cop event in recognition of Gun Safety and Violence Awareness Month (June).
The Xpresso Café (inside the mall) is generously donating the coffee for the event.
Last year, over 300 people attended the Coffee with a Cop event and over 100 gun locks were distributed to residents in need.
Coffee with a Cop provides an opportunity for community members to meet and speak with police officers from their municipalities in an informal, relaxed setting. There is no specific agenda for the event—just a chance to interact with law enforcement about issues community residents feel are important.
Police will converse with community members about gun safety, as well as provide gun locks to residents in need of properly storing their firearms. Each Department will also be providing several giveaways from book bags to sunglasses to coloring books and crayons. Additionally, Southwest Council will be talking with community members about the dangers of substance use and collecting expired and unused prescription pills.
Also featured will be:
- Law enforcement vehicles, such as a Police Segway and T3 Vehicle
- Chase from Paw Patrol
- Fatal vision goggles
There will also be plenty of informational pamphlets on gun safety, crime prevention, and substance abuse prevention.
About Gun Safety and Violence Awareness Month:
In 2016, Cumberland County was the first county, and remains the only county, to designate a Gun Safety and Violence Awareness Month in the state of New Jersey. Gun fatalities are a growing problem nationwide. In Cumberland County, gun-related crimes and incidents are also on the rise. To decrease these devastating numbers, the Cumberland County Positive Youth Development Coalition spearheaded a Gun Safety and Violence Awareness Initiative, including designating June as Gun Safety and Violence Awareness Month. Ten of the 14 municipalities in Cumberland County, as well as the County itself, adopted the resolution to designate June as Gun Safety and Violence Awareness Month.
In addition to the Cumberland County Coffee with a Cop, other Gun Safety and Violence Awareness activities for June include:
Corner Store Health and Safety Events:
Through a partnership between CCPYDC and Live Healthy Cumberland County, 3 local corner stores are hosting a Health and Safety Event, including free blood pressure screenings, education about healthy eating and healthy foods, and information about gun safety, including providing gun locks to residents in need of properly storing their firearms. The events are scheduled for the following 3 Fridays in June:
- June 15, 1 pm - 4 pm, Holly City Cold Cuts, 605 N. 10th Street, Millville
- June 22, 1 pm - 4 pm, Abbarotes Los Puentes, 147 Irving Avenue, Bridgeton
Social Media Campaign Throughout the Month of June:
Throughout the month of June, CCPYDC will be posting Gun Safety Tips and Other Gun Factoids. This information will be posted to:
And follow: #CC_GunSafety
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