Popsicle drive benefits JPD community policing

Popsicle drive benefits JPD community policing

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - AlticeUSA’s Suddenlink branch in Jonesboro helped collect some sweet treats for our local officers to hand out over the summer.

The popsicle drive is something the company has done in the past- but it's the first time they've done it in Jonesboro.

Jenny Massey, VP market engagement for AlticeUSA sent the following statement:

Altice USA, parent company of Suddenlink Communications, is proud to partner with the Jonesboro Police Department as well as other Police departments across Arkansas and Missouri to donate more than 10,000 popsicles to help officers build relationships with the youth in the communities we serve. We recognize the critical role these officers play in our safety and the well-being of Jonesboro, and wanted to publicly thank them during National Police Appreciation week.

–Jenny Massey VP Market Engagement AlticeUSA

This is the first time JPD will be passing out the frozen treats while doing community policing, something Sgt. Lyle Waterworth says is key to helping keep communities safe.

“We get a more open line of communication between us and the community so that one we can prevent crime and two if crime does occur, it becomes more solvable,” said Waterworth.

If you weren’t able to make it to Suddenlink but still want to donate some popsicles, Waterworth said you can still help.

Popsicles can be dropped off at the police station on Caraway Road during business hours.

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