Have a cof­fee with the po­lice

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Local News - REXINE HAWES

A Waikato re­gion-wide po­lice ini­tia­tive that en­cour­ages the com­mu­nity to en­gage with its po­lice force will soon be launched in Matamata.

Cof­fee with a Cop will be in Matamata on Au­gust 16 at the Dew Drop Inn on He­tana St.

Matamata-Pi­ako Po­lice pre­ven­tion sergeant Vic Sned­don says the ini­tia­tive is a way for the com­mu­nity to sit down with the po­lice in an in­for­mal and re­laxed en­vi­ron­ment and share their views or con­cerns.

There are no ap­point­ment times, peo­ple are wel­come to just ar­rive at the cafe and sit down with the pre­ven­tion team in­clud­ing Sned­don, Matamata po­lice sergeant Blair Hayde and Matamata po­lice pre­ven­tion of­fi­cer Bruce War­ren­der.

There is no pre-set agenda, sub­ject of dis­cus­sions are de­ter­mined by what the pub­lic wants to dis­cuss.

Sned­don says it was launched re­cently in Mor­rinsville and Cam­bridge, and was a great suc­cess.

Over 70 peo­ple from the com­mu­nity at­tended from within each town.

‘‘It was re­ally well at­tended. We just min­gled and had a chat,’’ he said.

He is hope­ful Matamata will be equally as suc­cess­ful and peo­ple will take the op­por­tu­nity to meet and greet with the po­lice.

He says the cafe is warm and invit­ing, and has a cool vibe to it, with its Hob­biton theme.

There are even blan­kets avail­able for peo­ple to cozy un­der while they have their cof­fee.

Cof­fee with a Cop: Dew Drop Inn, He­tana Street, Au­gust 16, 10.30-11.30am.

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