Coffee with a Cop held for disaster victims

By Acting Sergeant Ben Wilson, myPolice Townsville
Original article HERE

Police and other government agencies came together today to support and assist the people of Townsville who have been affected by the recent flooding seen in the area.

Chief Superintendent Kevin Guteridge – Townsville’s District Officer, was joined by Commissioner Ian Stewart, Police Minister Mark Ryan, Assistant Commissioner for the Northern Region Paul Taylor and a host of other senior police officers and government officials.

Coffee with a Cop today generally provides a unique opportunity for community members to chat with local police about local issues. This initiative allowed individuals to ask questions, discuss concerns and learn more about policing in the Townsville district.

Acting Inspector Matt Lyons said that today was a great opportunity for police to talk to members of the local community in an informal setting to discuss their concerns and experiences post the natural disaster which has affected so many within the community.

The event took place at the ‘Good Morning Coffee Trader’ at the Castletown Shopping Centre.

Townsville residents and specifically those that have been affected by the recent flooding event came down and spoke with police about their crime concerns whilst having a coffee. It was also an opportunity for people to meet with their local police.

Community Recovery Officers from the Department of Communities were also in attendance as were the Red Cross. Officials from these agencies also assisted in providing extensive advice to affected community members.

Thank you to all who attended, we hope the information you were provided goes far in helping you recover after this disaster.