Cof­fee with a Cop in Yamba

The Daily Examiner - - NEWS -

AF­TER suc­cess­ful events in Grafton, Coffs Har­bour and Bellin­gen in re­cent months, Cof­fee with a Cop is com­ing to Yamba on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 21.

Res­i­dents are in­vited to meet the lo­cal po­lice at Yamba Back­pack­ers Beach Re­sort, 26 Cold­stream St, Yamba, around 10.30am that day for a cof­fee. There’ll be no speeches or agen­das, just an in­for­mal chat with the lo­cal po­lice.

Coffs/Clarence Lo­cal Area Com­man­der Su­per­in­ten­dent Mark Ho­la­han said Cof­fee with a Cop pro­vides a unique op­por­tu­nity for com­mu­nity mem­bers to ask ques­tions and learn more about the po­lice work in the Clarence Val­ley.

“We hope that com­mu­nity mem­bers will feel com­fort­able to ask ques­tions, bring con­cerns, or sim­ply get to know our of­fi­cers,” he said.

“Th­ese in­ter­ac­tions are the foun­da­tion of com­mu­nity part­ner­ships.”

Supt Ho­la­han said the ma­jor­ity of con­tact law en­force­ment has with the public hap­pens dur­ing emer­gen­cies or emo­tional sit­u­a­tions and are not al­ways the most ef­fec­tive times for build­ing re­la­tion­ships with the com­mu­nity, and some peo­ple may feel that of­fi­cers are un­ap­proach­able on the street.

The Cof­fee with a Cop pro­gram aims to ad­vance the prac­tice of com­mu­nity polic­ing through im­prov­ing re­la­tion­ships be­tween po­lice of­fi­cers and com­mu­nity mem­bers one cup of cof­fee at a time.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion con­tact the Coffs/Clarence Lo­cal Area Com­mand cus­tomer ser­vice duty of­fi­cer on 6691 0799.

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