Local residents are invited to catch up with their local police officers over a cuppa to ask questions, discuss issues or simply get to know each other better at the first ‘Coffee with a Cop’ morning to be held at Forest Hill Chase next month.
Several members of the Whitehorse Policing Team, from Victoria Police, will be on hand on Thursday, October 13, between 11am and 1pm, to have a casual and friendly conversation with anyone who wants to learn more about the activities and role of police within their local community.
It will be held at the Forest Hill Chase Community Space, located on Level 2 (opposite Australia Post).
‘Coffee with a Cop’ is an initiative that was originally launched in the US by Hawthorne Police Department in California in 2011. It was a way for police officers to better interact with their community outside of crisis situations, and was such a huge success that similar events are now held by police departments across the world.
It aims to be an event at which there are no speeches, no agenda and no communication barriers – just an opportunity for police and residents to have honest one-on-one conversations with each other over a cup of tea or coffee.
Organisers of the global initiative suggest that discussions may not even be about policing matters, but perhaps their sporting ties or to swap recommendations on the best local places to eat!
‘Coffee with a Cop’ is free to the public, but to reserve your place, bookings are recommended via eventbrite.com/e/coffee-with-a-cop-tickets-419364980947.
Alternatively, attendees can register in person by popping into the community space during open hours.
Forest Hill Chase Shopping Centre is proudly supporting Coffee with a Cop in collaboration with Victoria Police.
For more information about the events and services provided at Forest Hill Chase visit foresthillchase.com.au