Criminal cash to fund #BrewsWithBlues – free cuppas with Newquay police

28 November 2017 Posted by

The proceeds of crime are being used in a new initiative to bring police closer to hard-to-reach communities in Newquay.

#BrewsWithBlues is a project being run in cafes across Newquay when members of the public are invited to drop-in for a free cuppa with local police. The cost of the scheme is funded by money recovered from the Proceeds of Crime Act.

It was the idea of Neighbourhood Beat Manager PC Alex Allen with PCSO Ben Pessl taking the initiative forward in Newquay.  Alex had become aware of a scheme run in 50 states in the US called ‘Coffee with A Cop’ which proved to be a great way to enable the police to interact more successfully with the communities they serve. The programme has now spread to Canada, Europe, Australia and Africa.

Alex said: “The key to Coffee with a Cop’s growing success is that it opens the door for interactions outside of crisis situations bringing law enforcement officers and community members together. We know that most people still value face-to-face contact and this will be in a relaxing and informal environment. It will improve not just safeguarding but intelligence by building relationships in an agenda-free environment.”

Ben said: “#BrewsWithBlues will be a one team approach and won’t just involve neighbourhood officers but the wider police family from all areas including CID and Response. We will be promoting the many ways we engage with the community including social media and Neighbourhood Alert and will be able to signpost people to services that may be able to help them with particular issues. We will be there to listen to people’s issues and concerns.

“We are initially running 45-minute drop-ins once a week for eight weeks. We are anticipating that it will attract the retired who may feel a little vulnerable, parents after they have dropped their children off at school, migrant workers and some unemployed who may be feeling at a loose end and would welcome somewhere to go on a cold winter’s morning.”

The cafes which are participating are:

  • Driftwood Kitchen on Cliff Road
  • Tom Thumb, East Street
  • Toast Café, Central Square
  • Pavilion Bakery, Fore Street

The dates of the events will be advertised locally in the town and on social media. The project will be launched at the first #BrewsWithBlues event which will be on ???? and is an opportunity for the media to do interviews.

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Simon, Research & Information Officer, Amethyst, Community Safety Team

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