Fairfield Local Area Command will celebrate 30 years of the Multicultural Community Liaison Officer (MCLO) at this year’s Police and Community Engagement Day on Saturday.
The seventh annual community event will be held at Lizard Log in Abbotsbury and showcase the various units within the NSW Police Force.
It will also mark three decades of the MCLOs – civilian officers employed to facilitate communication and interaction between police and culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
Nathaly Parish is one of two Fairfied MCLOs. She said the Police and Community Engagement Day is a great opportunity for residents, in particular newly-arrived refugees, to interact with the police.
“What we have found is that refugees arriving in Fairfield have had largely negative interactions with law enforcement in their country,” she said.
“They arrive here with fear of the police and we try to break through that with these type events.
“This event along with others like our Coffee with a Cop event is all about engaging with the community so they can understand and learn about the police.
“We encourage all members of the community to come and meet the local police and find out a little more about what we do.”
Some of the units on display at the Police and Community Engagement Day include:
- police helicopter.
- mounted police.
- dog squad.
- riot squad.
- tactical operations unit.
Other emergency service providers including Fire and Rescue NSW, NSW Ambulance and the SES, Fairfield Council as well as government and non government services will also be present. There will also be an International food market and other children’s entertainment.
NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller will be a special guest at the event which starts at 10am. Free shuttle buses will run from Fairfield, Cabramatta and Canley Vale train stations.
- Police and Community Engagement Day, Saturday October 14, Lizard Log, Western Sydney Parklands, Corner of Cowpasture Road and The Horsley Drive, Abbotsbury, 10am-3pm.