The Derry Township Police Department has announced their new 2020 Police Department Collectible Card program! The set contains 45 cards, and over the course of two months children participating in the program will be tasked with collecting them all! Goals of the program focus on community relations. The program is intended to help children become more comfortable talking with officers, strengthening communication and interactions between the officer and child. The Police Department hopes that this will better our community as a whole and create a more positive environment.
This program started on January 10th and will run until March 7th. Children can pick up a checklist at the Police Department Communications Center, located at 620 Clearwater Road, Hershey. When they pick up the checklist, they will receive their first card. The rest of the cards can be obtained at the different locations listed on the checklist, including several Downtown Hershey businesses. Children can also approach officers and ask them for their card. Each week through March 7, a new vehicle or specialty card from the set can be picked up at the Derry Township Police Department Communications Center. The list of the dates and specifics for each card will be provided with the checklist.
The set of 45 cards can be divided up into sets. The largest set consists of 30 cards of the Police Department Officers and Community Service Officers. Then there are also 12 police vehicle cards and three specialty police cards. Through March 8 participants can turn in their checklists at the Derry Township Police Department to be entered into a drawing for various prizes. An officer will validate the checklist at the time it is handed in, so participants should bring their cards with them. Checklists must be turned in by March 8th to be entered into the prize drawing.
The Derry Township Police Department couldn’t have presented this program without the support of a few local businesses that are providing donations, offering prizes, or are handing out cards at their establishments. The next time you’re in Downtown Hershey, stop into Iron Hill, Starbucks, Duck Donuts, Italian Lodge, or the Pantry Cafe. If you have any questions or want to make your own donation, contact Officer Jason Rode at 717-534-2202.