Middletown police officers visited about 30 children with disabilities and those unable to leave their home or hospital last year during Candy with a Cop. This year’s event is set for Oct. 30.
Photo: Submitted photo
Photo: Submitted photo

Middletown Police bring trick-or-treat to kids with disabilities

So police officers, dispatchers, corrections officers and the police department’s administrative staff as well as AK Steel volunteers are taking Halloween candy to children with disabilities or those unable to leave their home or hospital, said Major David Birk. The fourth annual Candy with a Cop will run from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 30, he said.

Last year, the police department visited about 30 children with disabilities, including several at Abilities First, Birk said. He said Candy with a Cop gives members of the police department an opportunity to interact with children and for children to meet an officer “in a different light.”

So often, Birk said, children only see officers when there is tragedy in their lives. The officers will spend several minutes with each child, pose for pictures, give them candy, then head to the next house, he said.

Birk said the community informed the police department through its Facebook page about children with disabilities. Birk said that list of children will be divided among the volunteers.

Some of the children, because of their medical needs, have restricted diets and are unable to eat traditional Halloween candy. AK Steel volunteers will purchase the candy and toys and UDF on Verity Parkway will provide ice cream for every child.

“It’s good for everybody,” Birk said. “It’s a great event.”

This is just one way the police department connects with the community. The department will host Coffee with a Cop at 6 p.m. today, Oct. 25, at Triple Moon Coffee Co., 1100 Central Ave. Residents are encouraged to attend if they have questions about the police department.

Birk said representatives from every department will be on hand.

Every Christmas, police officers also purchase gifts for children in need through their Shop with a Cop program at Meijer.

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