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The Jews & The Blues

12 June 2012

There was a sea of blue at Beth Weizmann last Thursday evening when more than 100 police men and women swarmed on the building. There had been no frantic calls to 000, no terrorist activity and no casualties; rather, the event in question was the annual Victoria Police Jewish Community Reception.

The cocktail reception – now in its 6th year - was organised by Victoria Police with the assistance of the Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV). The event, which was attended by approximately 70 members of the Jewish community, as well as other faith and ethnic communities, aims to celebrate Victoria’s diverse communities, as well as our warm relationship with Victoria Police.

Police from both head and local levels attended, with Commander Ashley Dickinson of the Operations Coordination Department acting as host and MC, while Deputy Commissioner Tim Cartwright addressed the gathering as the representative of the Chief Commissioner.

Commander Dickinson said of the event: “This night is a significant occasion on the Police calendar and indicates the commitment of the Force to community engagement as a mainstream policing strategy.”

JCCV president Nina Bassat AM thanked police for their engagement with the Jewish community and, in particular, for their effective handling the previous evening of a demonstration outside a JCCV co-hosted cocktail party celebrating Israel’s 64th Day of Independence.

“We are fortunate to enjoy warm and productive relationships with Victoria Police at all levels. This enables us to feel as a community that our voices are heard, and that we can count on VicPol to do their utmost to ensure our safety”.

The event also comprised an entertaining Q&A session with a young policewoman, and a stunning performance by Leibler-Yavneh College’s acapella choir.

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