Surrey RCMP tries out new community outreach campaign: “Coffee with a Cop”


Inspector Ghalib Bhayani
Inspector Ghalib Bhayani

SURREY RCMP are piloting a new community outreach campaign called “Coffee with a Cop” between July 10 and 31.

Modelled after similar initiatives across North America, this campaign is a way for officers and community members to come together in an informal and neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and yes, drink coffee. The event is free and open to all area residents and business owners. The first event starts in Newton with subsequent stops in Cloverdale and South Surrey.

“Given the nature of our work, the majority of our contacts with the public are emergencies or very emotional situations,” says Inspector Ghalib Bhayani, Surrey RCMP Community Services Officer. “These situations are not always ideal for relationship building, so our “Coffee with a Cop” initiative aims to provide a much more relaxed interaction with community members. This is a great opportunity to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the officers in your neighbourhood.”

Join Bhayani and your local District Commander for coffee and conversation at the following locations (no registration required):

* Newton – July 10: 9-10 a.m. at Espresso Café, 1112 – 7330 137th  Street, Surrey

* Cloverdale – July 24: 9-10 a.m. at Rustic Rooster, #5 – 5723 176th Street, Surrey

* South Surrey – July 31: 9-10 a.m. at Moka House, 40 – 16041 24th Avenue, Surrey

Surrey RCMP say they are committed to enhancing community safety through effective engagement by providing ample opportunities for public consultation and feedback. This has occurred recently through a series of neighbourhood safety presentations, community forums, open houses, and upcoming citizen and youth police academies.