En­joy a cof­fee with cops

Whitsunday Times - - YOUR SAY -

PEO­PLE might not re­alise, but even the small­est snip­pet of in­for­ma­tion can some­times be enough to help lo­cal po­lice close a case or move an in­ves­ti­ga­tion for­ward.

Shift su­per­vi­sor at the Whit­sun­day Po­lice Sta­tion, Sergeant Ja­son Col­ley, said it was im­por­tant po­lice and the com­mu­nity es­tab­lished good re­la­tion­ships based on trust and com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

He said a morn­ing tea and cof­fee event was be­ing held this month to en­cour­age mem­bers of the com­mu­nity to come along and have a chat.

‘Cof­fee with Cops’, Sgt Col­ley said, would help break down any bar­ri­ers and give peo­ple a chance to talk to po­lice about any is­sues in the com­mu­nity.

Sgt Col­ley, who works with 34 other of­fi­cers at the sta­tion, said it was cru­cial that the com­mu­nity knew they could seek help from po­lice rather than “be­ing too scared to re­port things”.

“The more that in­for­ma­tion is re­ported, and the more we know about lo­cal is­sues, the bet­ter we can iden­tify what the lo­cal is­sues are,” he said.

The Cof­fee Club will pro­vide free cof­fee from 9am-11am on Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 16, on the grass at the front of the po­lice sta­tion on Alt­mann Av­enue.

PHOTO: PE­TER CARRUTHERS

HAVE A CHAT: Sgt Ja­son Col­ley with cof­fee in hand.

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