Cop this: a meet'n'greet

Meet and greet: Constable Prince Unuafe and David Golpashin enjoy a friendly chat over coffee on Friday at Bondeno Cafe at Fairfield.Picture: Simon Bennett

Meet and greet: Constable Prince Unuafe and David Golpashin enjoy a friendly chat over coffee on Friday at Bondeno Cafe at Fairfield.Picture: Simon Bennett

FAIRFIELD police and the public bonded over a cup of coffee at Bondeno Cafe last Friday as part of the We are You campaign.

The campaign is aimed at providing an opportunity for the public to ask questions, discuss community problems and chat with officers.

Fairfield commander Superintendent Peter Lennon said he and some of his officers spoke to more than 40 people on the day.

"While we spoke about general crime in the area and the concerns of people we also spoke about the World Cup soccer, as well as having just general conversations," he said.

"We've taken a good step to say hello and members of the community were very happy to see us."

Mr Lennon said he had Assyrian, Arabic, Nigerian and Turkish-speaking constables in attendance and they spoke to attendees in their languages.

"Our Nigerian constable spoke with an African man on the day and they were having a chat about local community issues as well as what it was like living in Australia.

"It's important for us to do this because we've got people who come here from other countries who fear authority.

"By doing this it's breaking the ice over a cup of coffee and even though I spent $100 on coffee I'll do it again."

Details: Fairfield police, 9728 8399.

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