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    CONVERSATION: Acting Senior Sergeant Eddie Malpas, left, and Constable Nathan Dunn will be among Victoria Police Ararat officers sitting down with the community for a ‘Coffee with a Cop’ session at Ararat RSL on Friday morning. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Ararat opportunity for a chat with police

Removing barriers around speaking to and interacting with police will be the focus of a community engagement program in Ararat on Friday.

Northern Grampians Police Service  Area is hosting Coffee With A Cop at Ararat RSL from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

The event provides people a chance to share a ‘cuppa’ with a member of the police force and discuss regional policing issues, ask for advice or raise any concerns in an informal environment.

Acting Senior Sergeant Eddie Malpas said Coffee With A Cop happened in other policing divisions across Victoria and interstate, and always left a good impression with people.

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He said policing ultimately relied on community interaction and involvement, and the activity would be another step forward in building a stronger relationship between Ararat police and community.

“It’s a low-key opportunity for members of the public to chat with police and ask questions,” he said.

“It gives people the opportunity to talk to police casually rather than come across police who are on the job.

“We are looking forward to chatting to people who come along and are hopeful that it will be something that continues into the future.”

Snr Sgt Malpas said the first 25 people to meet with police on the day would also receive a complimentary hot beverage.

– Lotte Reiter

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