Coffee with cops a hit


Dianella Sergeant Mike Naumoff and Coolbinia resident Talbot Bashall. Picture: Toyah Shakespeare
Dianella Sergeant Mike Naumoff and Coolbinia resident Talbot Bashall. Picture: Toyah Shakespeare

The officers joined Police Minister Liza Harvey and Mt Lawley MLA Michael Sutherland for a Coffee with a Cop session at Muffin Break, speaking mainly to senior citizens at the centre.

Ms Harvey said that the session was “quite important” as police often learnt valuable information.

“It builds a relationship and trust with people so they’re more willing to report and also educates people so when they are calling police they understand the sorts of information police need so they can start an investigation,” she said.

“One of the officers said today that with the local policing team work they’ve done, they’ve identified 29 most serious high-|demand homes in their area.”

Ms Harvey said they also had to work to inform people to keep themselves safe and when it was appropriate to call the police.

“There are a lot of elderly people in (Dianella) and they’re quite vulnerable, and the area has been targeted by people from outside who’ve worked that out,” she said.

Morley police station officer-in-charge Tony Vuleta said meeting officers face-to-face was like “putting a face to a phone number.”

“A lot of times people won’t ring us to let us know what’s going on in the area, but if they see you walking through they’ll say ‘there’s a problem here’ or ‘there’s something a bit funny about this location’,” he said.