New Milford police ask children to make posters

Photo of Katrina Koerting

NEW MILFORD — With students home, the police department has launched a creative challenge to the town’s children while thanking its first responders.

Under the challenge, children will make posters with the message “New Milford Strong” with supplies they already have at home and email pictures of them to Chief Spencer Cerruto, who will then post them to the department’s Facebook page.

“We are obviously among difficult times and we need to keep the positive going as much as possible,” Cerruto said in a video with Mayor Pete Bass. “We need to come together realize we’re in this as a community and New Milford is strong.”

Cerruto said the goal is to have these posters boost morale and thank the first responders, including police officers, firefighters, medics and dispatchers for their continued work during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Our children are our most important citizens,” Cerruto said. “With them being out of school and starting virtual school, I thought this would be a good project for them to work on with their families while at home.”

Cerruto announced the challenge on Wednesday and already several submissions have come in, ranging from “NM STRONG” spelled out in wood in someone’s yard to several marker drawings.

The submissions can be sent to

Bass thanked the chief for the idea and giving the town’s children a way to show support.

“It’s why our community is so special,” Bass said.