Locals put issues to police

The first trial of Coffee with a Cop in Warkworth and Wellsford saw a number of locals bring issues forward to police.

Around 20 people showed up to Peppers Café in Wellsford and 12 to Quince Café in Warkworth on June 22.

Wellsford Police Sergeant Geoff Medland says the main concerns raised related to drugs and rural firearms usage, as well as family matters.

“It gave us a chance to explain to the public how police are dealing with some of these problems already and give out advice,” he says.

He believes bad weather may have prevented a larger turnout and is looking at different session hours and moving the venue around the town.

Meanwhile, Warkworth Constable John Williams says only minor issues, such as tenancy problems, were raised.

“Most people were very positive about the community and its relationship with the police,” he says.
“It gives the public another opportunity to connect with us, but I would like to think that people feel they can approach us at any time they need to.”

No further dates have been set for the initiative, but Constable Williams says he expects to hold more sessions this year.


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