Surrey RCMP Insp. Andy LeClair has coffee with a member of the community.

Surrey RCMP Insp. Andy LeClair has coffee with a member of the community.

Coffee with Cop returns to Surrey

Free sessions start Nov. 23; last is set for Dec. 2 in South Surrey

Coffee with a Cop is returning to Surrey.

The initiative – first piloted in summer of 2015, then repeated last spring – is touted as an opportunity for residents and business owners to meet local police officers and “discuss neighbourhood issues in an informal and neutral space.”

All of the coffee events take place from 10-11 a.m. Registration is not required.

The first session in the series is set for Wednesday, Nov. 23 in Guildford/Fleetwood, at Cuatro Coffee (202-9014 152 St.).

On Nov. 25, Leclair will be at Espresso Cafe in Newton (1112-7330 137 St.).

In Cloverdale, it will be held  at Boothroyd Heritage Coffee in Cloverdale/Port Kells (16811 60 Ave.) on Wednesday, Nov. 30.

In South Surrey, it’s set for Friday, Dec. 2, at the Sunflower Cafe in Crescent Beach (12310 Beecher St.).

“We know our residents lead busy lives, but based on previous feedback we know there is an appetite for this type of open discussion around local issues that affect our communities,” Insp. Andy LeClair, community support and safety officer, said in a news release.

“This is my first time being involved in such an event but I’m looking forward to meeting local residents and business owners and hearing their feedback over coffee.”

The events, and coffee, are free and open to all area residents and business owners. Leclair and staff members from the district offices will be on hand at each.

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