PITMAN, N.J. (AP) -- Police in one small New Jersey town are offering free coffee to residents as a means to try to strengthen ties to the community.

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Officers in the southern New Jersey town of Pitman are planning to set up tents in the parking lot of a convenience store on Wednesday.

Chief Robert Zimmerman tells the Courier-Post that it's a way to build trust "during these most difficult times."

The community has not had any major conflicts between residents and police.
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