Tiverton on Track, 24: Operation Blue Santa

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Time is of the essence, on this one.  Tomorrow in Tiverton, the Police Department will be in the parking lot of Tom’s Market on Main Rd. collecting toys and other gifts for 40-50 local families in need.  If you’re in the area, stop by for beverages, cookies, Clauses, and music.

In the meantime, here’s a Tiverton on Track interview I did with Chief Patrick Jones and Sergeant John LeDuc, who suggested and spearheads the event.  We also talk about the need for police to have positive interactions with the public and the experience of policing under the shadow of COVID-19, which is changing the frequency and nature of the calls to the department.



  • Lou

    You mentioned Tiverton Cares, Justin. What has your organization done this year?

    • Justin Katz

      Well, we’ve bought groceries and supplies for multiple families, helped cover heating costs for people having difficulties, helped out families facing illness, prepared meals for elderly couples and individuals, delivered hundreds of lunches to seniors… I feel like I’m forgetting something, but this wasn’t a question I was thinking about before you asked.

      • The Misfit

        The Misfit

      • Lou

        I’m truly glad you have done that, thank you.

        I’m a little disappointed in your interview performance. I would have thought you could use the opportunity to advocate for some of the TTA’s (or was it the TCC?) positions. You were pioneers in the defund the police movement, recommending that the we abolish the local force and rely on state police patrols.

        You also had a Burrillville native and did not ask about their status as a COVID hot spot or your kinship as a fellow “2nd Amendment sanctuary community. A cause that we know also means a a lot to you. Maybe next time.