Musgrave Park shines for Coffee with a Cop

By PLO Ricky Lashand, myPolice South Brisbane
Original article HERE

West End’s iconic Musgrave Park played centre stage for special Coffee with a Cop program on Sunday, March 3.

Despite the wet weather, hundreds of locals, tourists, community leaders and stakeholders had the chance to meet their local police, receive timely home and personal safety advice and treat themselves to FREE coffee and a sausage sizzle courtesy of Brisbane City Council’s Safer Community Initiative and South Brisbane Men’s Shed.

Liaison Officer, Volunteers in Police (ViPs) and District Crime Prevention Officers joined their colleges from West End Station and the Rail Squad to answer questions, take photos and highlight how our police are helping to create safe spaces in Brisbane and beyond.

The team from Crime Stoppers and the West End Community Association also hosted stalls, much to the delight of all attendees.

“We’ve had a great response today from our community,” Inspector Grant Goodall from West End Police Station.

“We’re fortunate enough to have the support from our community leaders and meet here today to address any concerns around crime prevention and to build positive relationships with everyone across our great District.”

Elder and local champion Uncle Sam Watson also had the chance to speak to the crowd about the history of Musgrave Park and the significance of the auspicious place for the community.

Acting Sergeant Vernon Wootton – the mastermind behind the program at Musgrave Park added that that this form of proactive and positive community engagement is imperative to strengthen crime prevention and educate everyone about their rights and responsibilities in keeping their neighbourhood safe.

Thank you to everyone who popped by to say hello.

A special shout out to the gentlemen from South Brisbane’s Men Shed and Mobi Cafe for taking care of the food and drinks.