Clermont police, Flippers pizza team up for special deliveries

If police officers knock at your door, they may be serving pizza rather than a warrant. And they’ll also be the ones adding a tip.

For the second straight summer, the Clermont Police Department and Flippers Pizzeria are conducting Hero Deliveries throughout the city. The mission of the campaign is to encourage the concept of “families that eat together stay together,” a news release states.

The initiative, inspired by the department’s Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS) unit, was such a success last year that the department wanted to continue it this year.

“Sharing time together as a family is proven to be one of the most valuable crime-prevention methods,” Officer David Colon, of COPPS, says in the release. “We will visit households every other week for the next few months in an effort to spread crime-prevention tips and a positive outlook on life. With our visit, the families will be able to see a couple of police officers come to their door and, after a short greeting, hand them a crime-prevention flier and wish them a good dinner as a family, compliments of Flippers Pizza and the Clermont Police Department.”

The implementation for Hero Deliveries stems directly from 21st-century policing concepts that were outlined in previous presidential task force recommendations, according to the release. Some of the recommendations focus on communication and transparency through non-enforcement activities.

“When cops show up at your door, it’s usually to assist in emergency situations,” says Police Chief Charles Broadway, who will be among the officers delivering pizza. “This program builds trust and legitimacy between police officers and the people they serve, only this time they are serving in another way. We hope to continue to help facilitate communication and relationships with our residents by breaking down the traditional barriers that so often exist between police officers and the citizens that we serve.”