By David Spunt
CAMDEN, N.J., (CBS) — The Camden County Police Department is receiving kudos from President Barack Obama. The department is mentioned in a national report released this week about community policing.READ MORE: Several People Rescued, Cars Stranded Following Overnight Storms And Flash Flooding Across Region
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey is part of the national task force ordered by the President.
Eyewitness News spent a rainy Tuesday night with two Camden County Police officers as they walked the streets.
“We’ll walk when it’s raining, snowing, any type of elements,” Officer Virginia Matias told Eyewitness News.READ MORE: Tredyffrin/Easttown School District Meeting On New Race Curriculum Draws Full House
Matias is from Camden, and plans to spend her entire career there. She spent time at the White House last week, to talk about community policing with President Obama.
Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson told Eyewitness News he’s honored by the national attention.
“We have to play a role that’s far more important than just enforcing the law. The handcuffs and our service weapons; they’re tools of last resort,” Thomson said.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Police Officer Opens Fire On 2 Armed Men In West Mount Airy
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