Going behind the scenes at Coffs Harbour Police Station

COMMUNITY leaders got an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of our local cops today with a rare insight into the role of front-line policing.

Coffs Harbour Police Station hosted the first Community Awareness of Policing Program - part of an initiative to develop a greater knowledge and understanding of police work.

Inspector Joanne Reid said the behind-the-scenes tour showed attendees the issues local officers face on a daily basis.

"It's an opportunity for our community leaders to walk a day in the shoes of a police officer," Insp Reid said.

"They get exposed to a lot of facets of policing - it's a dynamic approach to show what we do, and how we do it."

The program covered areas such as general duties, dog squad, crime scene examination, and tactical option scenarios.

Attendees go behind the scenes with Andrew McFarlane of the Coffs Harbour Crime Scene Forensic Services Group.
Attendees go behind the scenes with Andrew McFarlane of the Coffs Harbour Crime Scene Forensic Services Group. David Barwell

It also looked at local crime trends, crime prevention, domestic violence, operational policing, and the training, policies and protocols that guide decision making processes.

Participants included Coffs Harbour High School principal Patricia Kearns, Anglicare North Coast director Louise Carter and Mark Flanders from the Coffs Harbour and District Local Aboriginal Lands Council.

"The idea is to showcase what we do (for attendees to) take back to their communities, and hopefully pass on that understanding about what policing is all about," Insp. Reid said.

Superintendent Mark Holahan said the program also helped police better understand the needs of the community.

"It helps us foster strong relationships to ensure we work together toward mutual goals," Supt Holahan said.

"We want our community to have full confidence in its police force, and by creating a more informed community through trusted and respected leaders, we believe we can achieve this goal."



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