Something Special is Happening in Middletown
There is something really special happening in Middletown Ohio. The City is on the forefront of major revitalization as green shoots of prosperity are appearing in the downtown core and in various other sections of the City. A true sense of community is forming among citizens, churches, and public servants. Businesses, community groups, and citizens are taking to the idea that Middletown’s “better days ahead” are starting to happen right now. You might be surprised to learn that one of the driving forces in building a sense of community is the Middletown Police Department.
Under the leadership of Chief Rodney Muterspaw, the department has made significant strides in building relationships inside the community with community leaders and citizens. The department has 115 members, 71 of which are Police Officers. The department participates in 80 community events a year.
Candy with a Cop
For instance, one of the programs is called Candy with a Cop. It was an idea a Supervisor in the department developed. The program brings Trick or Treat to children who are not able to get out and trick or treat in the traditional manner. The candy is donated in part by the staff of the Middletown Police Department, other City department members, community groups, citizens, and churches. Candy with a Cop served 30-50 children in 2017.
Shop with a Cop
Another wildly successful program is called Shop with a Cop. Developed by a Middletown School Resource Officer this program pairs children with a Middletown Police Officer for a morning of Christmas shopping. The program has been part of the community for 15 years.
Approximately 55 children each get a $100 Meijer gift card towards Holiday gifts. Santa and his Elves along with the Middletown Police Department usher in holiday cheer to many families in the community. December 9th, 2017 is the date for this year’s Shop with a Cop. Donations can be made in form of gift cards or checks payable to Shop with a Cop/ FOP #36 and are being accepted at the Middletown Police Department. The FOP #36 and Meijer are financial sponsors of this community program.
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Images courtesy City of Middletown Ohio