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Have a coffee and meet the local cops

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July 20, 2017

Officers from Deniliquin Local Area Command (LAC) and community members will next month come together in an informal, neutral space in Tocumwal to discuss community issues, build relationships and drink coffee.

Officers from Deniliquin Local Area Command (LAC) and community members will next month come together in an informal, neutral space in Tocumwal to discuss community issues, build relationships and drink coffee.

All community members are invited to attend.

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the police work in the eastern zone of Deniliquin LAC neighbourhoods, which encompasses Finley, Tocumwal, Berrigan, Barooga and Jerilderie.

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.

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

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

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

Similar events have been held across NSW as local police commands strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.

The program aims to advance community policing by improving relationships between police officers and community members, one cup of coffee at a time.

Coffee With a Cop will be held at Tocumwal Pavilion, 20-23 Deniliquin Rd, Tocumwal, at 10am on Tuesday, August 8.

●For information phone John Aichinger on 5881 9499.

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