St Marys police working to make officers more visible in busy areas

DAILY GRIND: Fusion Cafe manager Beth Gardiner with Inspector Branko Kubecka. Picture: Heath Parkes-Hupton
DAILY GRIND: Fusion Cafe manager Beth Gardiner with Inspector Branko Kubecka. Picture: Heath Parkes-Hupton

If you start noticing more police officers on Queen Street in the coming weeks, it’s because you asked for it.

Inspector Branko Kubecka said that’s the feedback he’s received from residents after sharing coffees with them at Fusion Cafe on Queen Street.

Officers from St Marys police station spent two hours at the cafe on Tuesday morning as part of NSW Police’s Coffee With a Cop program.

“A lot of people mentioned that they’d like to see more cops walking the street, so that’s what we’re working towards,” he said.

“Where we’ve got the staff to roster people on to walk the streets and ride the push bikes.

“Particularly the main streets like Queen Street. We’re talking to shop owners to identity any local issues to address those as well.”

It’s the second time this year that officers from St Marys Local Area Command have met with residents, following an event at the same cafe in February.

Inspector Kubecka said the first meeting was such a success that the station wanted to make it a more regular occurrence.

“There was a lot of positive feedback, which was surprising to a certain extent,” he said.

“Generally when you talk to a lot of people you expect a few gripes about how police operate, but it’s been overwhelmingly positive.

“It’s vital. We’d like to engage with as many people as possible, it gives us a gauge that we might be on the right track.”

After a long stint in highway patrol, Inspector Kubecka returned to general duties at St Marys 14 months ago.

He’s served at stations from Camden to St George, but he admitted St Marys was the best community he’s worked with.

“Something I’ve been a little bit surprised at is how well the community works together,” he said.

“The community is pretty tight. We’re getting some great information back to the station which is leading to some arrests.

“We can’t function without that support.”