Cram­ming a cruiser for those in need

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - NEWS - BY DAR­RELL COLE

AMHERST - Last year, when Const. Tom Wood came up with the idea of cram­ming a po­lice cruiser with food and cloth­ing, he had no idea what the re­sponse would be.

He was over­whelmed with the gen­eros­ity shown by Amherst area res­i­dents, who helped cram an Amherst Po­lice cruiser sev­eral times over.

“It was amaz­ing the re­sponse we re­ceived,” Wood said. “There was one time I re­ceived so much food and cloth­ing that I barely had enough room to drive the cruiser.”

Cram the Cruiser is back for a sec­ond year and Wood and the Em­pow­er­ing Beyond Bar­ri­ers com­mit­tee are hop­ing the com­mu­nity will come to­gether to pro­vide food and cloth­ing to those in need.

The Amherst Po­lice Depart­ment’s crime preven­tion cruiser will be parked at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions around town next week and peo­ple


The Amherst Po­lice Depart­ment and Em­pow­er­ing Beyond Bar­ri­ers are work­ing to­gether for a sec­ond year to cram the depart­ment's crime preven­tion cruiser with non-per­ish­able food items and win­ter cloth­ing. Help­ing kick off the pro­gram are: (from left) Const. Michelle Har­ri­son of the Amherst Po­lice, Em­pow­er­ing Beyond Bar­ri­ers com­mit­tee mem­bers El­iz­a­beth Cooke-Sumbu, Courte­nay Black, Veronica Richards and Const. Tom Wood of the Amherst Po­lice.

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