Pat Deon Beverages donated $2,500 to the Bristol Township Police Department Thursday morning.
Chief of Police Robert A. Coulton accepted the check on behalf of the department.
“Donations are welcome. We put it to good use,” said Coulton. “Any donations from the community supports many of the special projects that we do, whether it’s the community-based programs or tools and equipment to help us protect the community.”
Coulton has served as chief for five years. During his time, Coulton says he has seen consistent support from the community as a whole.
PDB General Manager Brian Crawford presented the check to the department.
“Everyone at Pat Deon Beverages is proud to support our local police in Bristol Township,” Crawford. “We appreciate everything they do to keep our community safe, especially during these uncertain times.”
After accepting the donation, Coulton answered several questions from WBCB News about current events.
First, he addressed challenges the department has faced throughout the pandemic.
“Well it’s just the unknown with the COVID-19 pandemic,” he explained. “It has disrupted our world.”
When officers come into contact with a coronavirus carrier, they must remain in quarantine for an extended period of time. This can put strain on the department.
As for the past week, Coulton said Bristol Township has had “very few incidents” of looting. He credits “good coordination and cooperation” with members of the community.
“Of course we are always vigilant for the minority of people who want to loot, cause disruption, and violence in the community,” said Coulton. “But so far, so good.”
He encourages people to “support the efforts of law enforcement officers who are out there every day” doing the right thing.
Additionally, Coulton recently wrote an open letter to the Bristol Township community. In it, he addresses the role the Bristol Township Police Department hopes to play amid recent nationwide civil unrest.
The full letter is below:
Pat Deon Beverages is located in Deon Square at 540 S. Oxford Valley Road in Fairless Hills. It is open seven days a week.