Criminal cash to fund #BrewsWithBlues
Newquay police host community coffee mornings
The proceeds of crime are being used in a new initiative to bring police closer to hard-to-reach communities in Newquay.
#BrewsWithBlues is a project being run in cafes across Newquay when members of the public are invited to drop-in for a free cuppa with local police. The cost of the scheme is funded by money recovered from the Proceeds of Crime Act.
It was the idea of Neighbourhood Beat Manager PC Alex Allen with PCSO Ben Pessl taking the initiative forward in Newquay. Alex had become aware of a scheme run in 50 states in the US called ‘Coffee with A Cop’ which proved to be a great way to enable the police to interact more successfully with the communities they serve. The programme has now spread to Canada, Europe, Australia and Africa.
Alex said: “The key to Coffee with a Cop’s growing success is that it opens the door for interactions outside of crisis situations bringing law enforcement officers and community members together. We know that most people still value face-to-face contact and this will be in a relaxing and informal environment. It will improve not just safeguarding but intelligence by building relationships in an agenda-free environment.”
Ben said: “#BrewsWithBlues will be a one-team approach and won’t just involve neighbourhood officers but the wider police family from all areas including CID and Response. We will be promoting the many ways we engage with the community including social media and Neighbourhood Alert and will be able to signpost people to services that may be able to help them with particular issues. We will be there to listen to people’s issues and concerns.
“We are initially running 45-minute drop-ins once a week for eight weeks. We are anticipating that it will attract the retired who may feel a little vulnerable, parents after they have dropped their children off at school, migrant workers and some unemployed who may be feeling at a loose end and would welcome somewhere to go on a cold winter’s day.”
The cafes participating are:
Driftwood Kitchen on Cliff Road near Newquay Junior School
Tom Thumb, East Street
Toast Café, Central Square
Pavilion Bakery, Fore Street
The dates of the ongoing events will be advertised locally in the town and on social media. The first will be held at 9am on Monday 11 December at Driftwood Kitchen followed by a get-together at 9am on Friday, 15 December at the Pavilion Bakery and at 3pm on Saturday, 16 December at Tom Thumb.
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