“Coffee with a Cop”: Surrey RCMP invited residents to discuss community issues

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Surrey: Between July 10th-31st the Surrey RCMP is piloting a new community outreach campaign called “Coffee with a Cop”.

Modelled after similar initiatives across North America, this campaign is a way for officers and community members to come together in an informal and neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and yes, drink coffee. The event is free and open to all area residents and business owners. The first event starts in Newton with subsequent stops in Cloverdale and South Surrey.

“Given the nature of our work, the majority of our contacts with the public are emergencies or very emotional situations,” says Inspector Ghalib Bhayani, Surrey RCMP Community Services Officer. “These situations are not always ideal for relationship building, so our “Coffee with a Cop” initiative aims to provide a much more relaxed interaction with community members. This is a great opportunity to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the officers in your neighbourhood.”

Join Inspector Ghalib Bhayani and your local District Commander for coffee and conversation at the following locations (no registration required):

Newton
July 10th – 9:00am-10:00am
Espresso Café
1112 – 7330 137 Street, Surrey

Cloverdale
July 24th – 9:00am-10:00am
Rustic Rooster
#5 – 5723 176 Street, Surrey

South Surrey
July 31st – 9:00am-10:00am
Moka House
40 – 16041 24th Avenue, Surrey

Surrey RCMP is committed to enhancing community safety through effective engagement by providing ample opportunities for public consultation and feedback. This has occurred recently through a series of neighbourhood safety presentations, community forums, open houses, and upcoming citizen and youth police academies.