Cof­fee with a Cop held

Stratford Press - - News - By ILONA HANNE

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.

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