“Coffee With a Cop” Event at Forest Lake: Engaging With the Community to Promote Road Safety

Forest Lake locals had a chance to sit down and have a cup of “Coffee With a Cop” last 15 December 2018. The event was hosted by Inala Police and were supported by Police and Volunteers in Policing from Centenary Crime Prevention Unit, as well as Police Recruits from the Oxley Police Service Academy.

Highlighted during the event was “Operation Wake Up” — South Brisbane Police District initiative meant to reduce fatal and serious crashes through proactive traffic enforcement and community engagement and education.

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Held from 8 A.M until midday, the Coffee With a Cop event was attended by about 140 residents and some had the opportunity to chat with police at a local coffee shop, Simple Bliss. Inala Police volunteers and recruits provided road safety information and advice, and assistance on home and property security, as well personal security.

Anti-theft number plate screws were fitted, by the ViPs and Oxley Police Service Academy recruits, to over 50 vehicles. One-way screws help reduce number plate theft incidence — which is a serious concern to the police — not to mention the accompanied cost and inconvenience to the vehicle’s owner.

Some residents who were present during the event also took the opportunity to register their emails to the the Inala Crime Wrap, so they can receive updates and information about home and vehicle break and enters, as well as other community news and events.

About Operation Wake Up

Operation Wake Upwhich will run for two months between November and December 2018, aims to reduce road fatalities on South Brisbane Roads.

Eighteen fatalities from car crashes across South Brisbane District have been recorded this year; in all cases, thoses crashes were preventable, said Acting Chief Superintendent Virginia Nelson during the launch of Operation Wake Up.

Operation Wake Up

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Operation Wake Up will create visible police presence in and around South Brisbane District roads. A series of traffic enforcement activities have also been planned, as well as community engagement including attending local schools, social media campaign, and meeting with community groups and members.