Locals Share a Cuppa with a Cop

Enthusiastic community members were welcomed by local police officers to Glebe Hill Village in April to enjoy a free cuppa and learn about the role of law enforcement in their neighbourhood.

Event organiser and Howrah Gardens/Glebe Hill Neighbourhood Watch member Steve Bourke said the event was designed to open up positive conversations and trust between community members and Tasmania Police.

“The community are the police and the police are the community. The only difference is the police are paid to do their job,” he said.

“The event here at Glebe Hill has been a great success with many people stopping to have a look at the police bike and strike up a conversation with a cop.

“It’s been wonderful to see shoppers engage positively with the event, especially our younger citizens.”

Tasmania Police inspector Andrew Keane said Cuppa with a Cop presented a great opportunity for police officers to connect with the community they serve.

“I’m really pleased, we’ve run a few of these events and this has been our best turnout to date,” he said.

“In our last community survey we found that people want to see police officers out and about more in the community.

“This has prompted us to get back to ‘basic policing’ which involves officers being highly visible in the community and regularly engaging with the public.”

For more information visit nhwtas.org.au

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