Cops, Kids, and Cones Encourages Positive Child/Police Engagement

By: Michele DiPasquale


Any day and, let’s face it, every day, is a perfect day for ice cream. And the Mendham Creamery at 2A Hilltop Road in Mendham is the perfect locale to indulge your frozen sweet tooth! Many came out to a newly classic neighborhood event on Tuesday evening, June 18th, where local police from Mendham Borough and Mendham Township were serving scoops from local resident Bud Murphy’s Mendham Creamery while they hung out with kids and families.


Sponsored by the Mendham Creamery, Mendham Borough Police, Mendham Township Police, and Mendham Borough PBA 384, this was the second year for Cops, Kids, and Cones; last year, over 600 scoops of Mendham Creamery Ice Cream were devoured, and this year, Murphy hoped to surpass that number.


“It’s an incredible event to be a part of and we hope that it continues for years to come,” shared Mr. Murphy.


Cops, Kids, and Cones is a joint event between the Mendham Township and Mendham Borough Police. Police officers helped serve ice cream and spent time chatting and mingling with local children and their parents, even allowing kids to sit in some of the police vehicles. 


“The purpose of the event is to foster a relationship with the kids in the community and show that police officers are friendly and can be approached, not feared,” explained Mendham Borough Police Patrolman Christopher Gobbi.


“We want to help bring the community together and show the friendly face of law enforcement,” Officer Gobbi said.


Mendham Creamery was thrilled to be hosting the event. Serving all-natural Hershey’s Premium Ice Cream, soft-serve, many varieties of non-dairy sorbet, milkshakes, smoothies, root beer and soda floats, and heavenly ice cream cakes made on their premises, and offering re-loadable gift cards for any item in the store, the Mendham Creamery is the supreme choice to savor frozen desserts. If you have an ice cream flavor you don’t see available, Murphy encourages you to let his staff know and they will do their best to supply it for you.


Murphy elaborated as to how welcome his ice cream shop was as an addition to the community when he opened the frozen sweet shop in 2017.


“The town really loved our idea for a business that gives our kids a place to hang out outside of school and sports. We’ve really been blown away by the enthusiasm and the response from the whole community,” he said.

The creamery offers inside seating and a front porch for ice-cream lovers to enjoy frozen treats while spending time together.


Murphy, a family attorney, is all about community loyalty. He sourced much of what went into the Creamery from the Mendham-Chester region, and his front counter is staffed entirely by Mendham and Chester residents. 


“We really wanted to create a store and a destination that represents the best of Mendham,” Murphy shared.

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