Cuppa with a cop

Senior Constable Brandon McCarthy chats with Guan Yinglan at Highland Park Library

In a unique move, the Asian Council of Reducing Crime has come up with an idea of people approaching the police without an element of fear.

Over a session of two hours from 12 noon to 2pm, a police officer will be available to meet up with any member of the community at Highland Park Library where they can have a one-on-one with a police officer for a maximum of 15 minutes.

“It’s doesn’t always have to be the cops that come to you when something bad happens; but you can also go to the cops for a friendly chat,” says Rosa Chow. chairperson of the Asian Council on Reducing Crime in an attempt to break barriers.

“No Chinese person likes to go to the police station in their lifetime,” she says.

Starting from February 8, a trial run will be held with a Chinese-speaking police officer who will be available to meet around eight people in a span of two hours at the local library.
“The police can provide an alternative information resource on crime prevention for the community in a relaxing atmosphere over a cup of Chinese tea.

“A member of the Asian Council on Reducing Crime will be around to assist, and a library staff will be available to support the process. But this is not to be mistaken as a platform to reporting crime,” she cautions.

The Asian Council on Reducing Crime is constantly working on ideas on reducing crime and hopes that this fosters a healthy relationship between the police and the Asian community.