CCPD and Cooper Foundation Create Partnership to Support Community Engagement in Camden

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Chief Gabriel Rodriguez has made unity policing a cornerstone of his tenure at the Camden County Police Department and has worked with stakeholders throughout the city to deliver on this transformative initiative. On Wednesday, June 14th, the Cooper Foundation joined Capt. Vivian Coley and her outreach team at one of their regularly scheduled events with elementary students in Cramer Hill for a game of kick ball and video games to announce a $10,000 donation to support the agency and its community policing programing.

“I cannot say enough about this donation and what it will mean for my officers in our neighborhoods this summer,” Rodriguez said. “Cooper, as an anchor institution in the city, has always been a supportive partner and today, as in the past, they are giving us the opportunity to do more direct outreach in the city to ensure our officers have the tools they need to be guardians for our residents.”

The donation will fund programs like Hoop it Up, Meet the Officers and a variety of other outreach events being done by the CCPD. In addition, these funds will go to supplying ice cream and barbecues to children and families throughout the neighborhoods in the summer. 

“I want to applaud Cooper for their generosity and their commitment to our community,” Camden County Commissioner Director Louis Cappelli Jr. said. “Cooper knows the meaning of real corporate responsibility and is always one of the first to the table when there is a need in the city and the county. Whether it’s fighting COVID or supporting community policing, Cooper has been there every step of the way.”