"Coffee with a cop provides an informal and neutral setting for the community to come together and discuss issues that matter to them with our local police," Notley-Smith said.

"We hope to never find ourselves in a situation where we have to deal closely with our police, but it is vitally important that we understand the work that they do to keep us safe, day in and day out.

"Unfortunately, the majority of contact we do have with our police is during times of emergency or distress, and this is not an optimal time to build relationships.

"As a Government, we want to make sure that every member of our community feels that they can approach our cops, and so I urge residents in the eastern suburbs to drop by and have a chat with officers from the Eastern Suburbs Local Area Command this Thursday."

Minister for Police Troy Grant said it was wonderful to see this community based initiative tack off across NSW.

"People across the state should take advantage of this day to speak to their local men and women in blue who work tirelessly to keep us safe," Mr Grant said.

‘Coffee with a Cop’ is an initiative that was born in the United States, aimed at advancing the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and members of the community.


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