Have ‘Cof­fee with a Cop’ in Toc.

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Com­mu­nity mem­bers are in­vited to have a ‘Cof­fee with a Cop’ in Tocumwal on Tues­day, Au­gust 8.

The pro­gram is de­signed to bridge the gap be­tween the pub­lic and the po­lice force.

Of­fices from the De­niliquin Lo­cal Area Com­mand and com­mu­nity mem­bers will come to­gether in an ‘‘in­for­mal, neu­tral space to dis­cuss com­mu­nity is­sues, build re­la­tion­ships, and drink cof­fee’’, ac­cord­ing to Su­per­in­ten­dent Paul Con­don.

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

‘‘The ma­jor­ity of con­tact law en­force­ment has with the pub­lic hap­pens dur­ing emer­gen­cies, or emo­tional sit­u­a­tions.

‘‘Those sit­u­a­tions are not al­ways the most ef­fec­tive times for re­la­tion­ship build­ing with the com­mu­nity, and some com­mu­nity mem­bers may feel that of­fi­cers are un­ap­proach­able on the street,’’ he said.

‘‘Cof­fee with a Cop breaks down bar­ri­ers and al­lows for a re­laxed, one-on-one in­ter­ac­tion.

‘‘These in­ter­ac­tions are the foun­da­tion of com­mu­nity part­ner­ships.’’

Cof­fee with a Cop will be held at the Tocumwal Pav­il­ion, 21/23 De­niliquin Rd, start­ing at 10am.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact John Aichinger on 5881 9499, or email [email protected]­lice.nsw.gov.au.

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