ELLENBROOK residents will now be able to meet local police for an informal face-to-face chat – thanks to a new initiative, Coffee with a Coppa.
The move is a joint partnership between Ellenbrook police and the City of Swan.
Local councillors can also meet residents to discuss any concerns they may have.
Senior Sergeant Wal Brierley said the initiative would give police a chance to highlight what work was being done in the community.
“It gives us a chance to meet the community in a neutral environment and discuss their concerns,” he said.
“Our station is doing very well – we are down 10 per cent on reported crime compared with this time last year and we want to share that with the community.”
The first session will be on March 6 from 3pm to 4.30pm at the Ellenbrook Library’s sun lounge.
Swan Mayor David Lucas said councillors would also be on hand to listen and get feedback from the community.
“The idea of the new initiative is to provide the community with an opportunity to meet their local police officers and councillors in an informal setting and have a good chinwag about community issues,” he said.
“It is also an opportunity for the City and Ellenbrook police to provide the community with information on proactive crime prevention and personal safety.”
Councillor Patty Jones said the sessions would foster a stronger connection between the community and those who serve them.
“This initiative is all part of the City’s ‘place’ approach, to help nurture positive relationships across all areas of the community and build a sense of place and community in Ellenbrook,” she said.
“It also gives us a chance to hear first-hand what is happening in the community and what is affecting them and their families.”
For more information on the initiative, visit www.swan.wa.gov.au/events/coffeewithacoppa.