Police action: Upper Darby force springs for movie, water ice

Posted: August 21, 2014

Upper Darby Township police will be treating about 1,000 township residents to water ice and a movie on Tuesday night.

"We've decided to do something positive for the community," said Michael J. Chitwood, Superintendent of Police.

The event will be held at the Second Ward Playground, at Crosley Avenue and Seaford Road, from 7:30 to 10 p.m., said Chitwood. The Lego Movie will be shown starting at 8:15 p.m., he said.

On Monday, as 25 members of the township's ground crew were mowing the lawn at the playground and washing out the bathrooms, police were busy handing out about 800 flyers to residents.

Several officers will be on hand to meet the guests and show off the SWAT truck and motorcycles. Bike Patrol officers also will be on hand, Chitwood said.

"We've got some things that glow in the dark" for the kids, Chitwood said. A DJ will be playing music for the first 45 minutes, he said.

Mothers of Upper Darby High School students will be on hand to dish out the icy treats.

The cost of the water ice is about $350, set up for the movie is about $500 all offset for by a grant from the Weed and Seed, a federal program aimed at reducing violent crime and drug use in select communities.

"It was $15 to buy The Lego Movie," said Chitwood.

The event is patterned after the "Coffee with a Cop" event that the department held in April.

The coffee event, held at a McDonald's restaurant brought people and police together as never before, said Chitwood.

"They couldn't believe that we were down there doing something nice for the people," he said. The Second Ward is a heavily populated area with frequent police activity.

"More often that not we are arresting people," he said.

mschaefer@phillynews.com

610-313-8111

@MariSchaefer

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