On August 1, 2016 Boston Police were given a new ice cream truck purchased by the Boston Police Foundation to help in the ongoing community policing efforts of their “operation Hoodsie Cup”.
Officers have handed out over 120,000 Hoodsie Cup’s to children across the Boston area since the programs inception in an attempt to build community relations.
Police Commissioner Evans said: “If you had told me 30 years ago that the Boston Police Department would have an ice cream truck as part of its patrol force and my officers would be handing out Hoodsie Cups … I would’ve said you were crazy. But, I absolutely love the new truck and everything this program represents. The goodwill it generates between my officers and our city’s young people is undeniable and nothing short of remarkable and my only regret is that I wish we had started doing this 30 years ago.”
One officer said “It’s about way more than ice cream. It’s about relationships and keeping kids safe. We want kids to like and look up to us. Operation Hoodsie Cup gives us the platform to share that message and make that connection.”
Thanks were given to HP Hood Co. for their ongoing support and donation of all the ice cream and to all the kids from the Tobin Community Center for their role in helping to unveil the new ice cream truck.