Coffee with a Cop held
From questions about traffic rules, the wording of the latest police advertisement on speeding and the increase in scam phone calls, Senior Constable Jono Erwood and Acting Sergeant Simon Howard answered a range of queries at the first Coffee with a Cop session held in Stratford last month.
The two police officers say they were also able to offer one individual some advice on a police case they were involved in.
“While the aim of Coffee with a Cop is to talk about general community issues, it was great someone felt comfortable enough to seek us out for help in her case. We were able to give them the details of the officers they needed to talk to further,” says Simon.
They also met with a couple of tourists who were travelling around New Zealand. Simon says the tourists told him they had found police to be very helpful during their time in New Zealand, and he and Jono took the opportunity to remind them of the traffic rules.
“We are trying to reduce the road toll by 5 per cent each and every year, so the more we talk about it the better.”
Simon says one issue he and Jono are concerned about is the number of people who have talked about receiving phone calls from scam artists.
“People have generally wised up to not giving out their passwords, but the scammers have changed tactic as well. They have been calling people saying there is something wrong with their computer, and encouraging the victim to download a programme which will then give them access to that computer. They even pretend to be police officers at times, so please be aware of the risk. Falling victim to a scam such as this can be incredibly costly.”
Other conversations at the session covered crime prevention and working with young people, while one gentleman asked for some clarification from the two officers. Hard of hearing, he wanted to know what the police officer said in the mortuary on the advert.
Simon says the answer is “he says, maybe a few less Ks would have saved her”.
■ The next Coffee with a Cop will take place at noon on Thursday December 20 at Inkpot Cafe in Stratford. All welcome.
Senior Constable Jono Erwood and Acting Sergeant Simon Howard say the first Stratford Coffee with a Cop was well attended.