Local residents from Carindale and Carina joined officers from Carina Police Station at a Coffee with a Cop session hosted by Federal Member for Bonner, Ross Vasta, in Carina today.
Coffee with a Cop gives members of the community an opportunity to get to know their local police officers, discuss their experiences with crime, and seek advice on protecting their homes and properties from lawbreakers.
“Constituents regularly tell me their concerns about local crime and safety,” Federal Member for Bonner, Ross Vasta said.
“I invited locals along to this Coffee with a Cop so they could get to know their local officers in a relaxed environment, where they could share the issues that affect them most,” Mr Vasta said.
“There was a great response today to the Government’s $1 million funding boost to continue Crime Stoppers’s Dob in a Dealer campaign, which is fighting the scourge of ice and drugs on our streets.”
Carina resident Roger Brooker attended the event to discuss speeding and vandalism with his local police.
“I think events like this are a great idea because they make our police, and our politicians, more accessible. I feel more comfortable coming here to talk to police than at the station. Thanks to Ross for putting this together for the community,” Mr Brooker said.
Carina Police Station officer in charge Senior Sergeant Brendan Jorgensen said these types of events are extremely important for local communities to engage with.
“Building a level of engagement with the local community can only have positive effects for us all,” Snr Sgt Jorgensen said.
Mr Vasta said he would be holding more Coffee with a Cop sessions soon, and that more information would be available on his Facebook page.
He encouraged members of the public to complete his online Community Safety Survey at http://rossvasta.com.au/Surveys/CommunitySafetySurvey.aspx.