In an effort to promote a more positive and engaging relationship, Victoria Police spent the afternoon at the movies with members of the Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness on Friday.
The group was treated to a matinee of Murder on the Orient Express made possible in part by Pierre Gauthier, manager of Cineplex Odeon who provided admission, popcorn and a drink to movie-goers.
VicPd and Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness taking in a movie together thanks to @cineplexodeon Pierre Gauthier. Fantastic opportunity to have some positive interactions with the Aboriginal street community. Not a typical day for either group… https://t.co/NromoBIeWS pic.twitter.com/o0DGDBCmAC
— Paul (@ycivictoria) November 17, 2017
VicPD communications director Bowen Osoko said Friday’s get together was the latest in a series of events and workshops held throughout the year in the name of the Year of Reconciliation. That notion was echoed by Chief Del Manak’s tweet: “Committed to building stronger relationships.”
“There’s all these events that happen throughout the year that are really formal that involve a dinner or ceremony and this is cool cause it’s much more low key; that’s really important when you’re talking about reconciliation,” Osoko said.
“Not a typical day for either group,” tweeted police officer and founder of Youth for Change and Inclusion Paul Brookes.