Camden, New Jersey officers surprise elderly residents with gifts

CAMDEN, NJ (WPVI) — A team of South Jersey police officers are doing everything they can to take care of the elderly in the community.

The Camden County Police Department’s Community Outreach Unit has made it a priority not only to screen seniors, but to provide services for them.

“This is one of our most dangerous parts of town,” said Sgt. Angel Nieves as he drove through the neighborhoods.

He and seven other squad cars were on a mission to visit and surprise several elderly residents before Christmas.

The visit nearly brought 81-year-old Emma Filmore to tears.

“Oh my lord,” she exclaimed as she opened the door and saw a team of officers with a box of food and a fleece blanket.

“They are wonderful people, that’s all I can say,” she said. “I love you all.”

“They don’t have the help that other people have,” said Sgt. Nieves. “We want to make sure that our seniors in these areas are contacted all the more.”

Nieves said Filmore’s reaction shows him his team is doing the right thing.

“It’s that guardian mentality that officers need to adopt. It’s not just about arresting people,” he said.

And in return, he enjoys helping neighbors like Gwendolyn Smith.

“Oh my god! That’s something!” she said and opened the door.

The department says efforts like this show someone is always willing to help.

“When you’re old, no one seems to care but you,” Smith told officers.

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