Hartlepool opens up station for Cultural Awareness Day
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Hartlepool Police Station opened up to members of the public on Saturday morning, 24th June for an event celebrating different cultures in the town.
The event, organised by PC Geoff Coggin and The Dialogue Society, celebrated art, music and food from different cultures.
The Dialogue Society is a charity established to connect communities through dialogue and meaningful interaction and exchange between people of different groups.
The day celebrated food, music, arts and crafts from Turkish Muslim culture, and featured a Humanitarian Cartoons Exhibition showcasing artwork based upon the journey that many take when they have to leave their own country for a safe space to live.
Families had the opportunity to try various art workshops, including water marbling, calligraphy, macrame, henna tattoos and face painting.
PC Coggin was even awarded with a medal from the society on the day for his work in building community cohesion.
District Commander of Hartlepool Police Station Superintendent Martin Hopps said: “It was lovely to see our communities enjoying a morning together in the sunshine, with fabulous music, food and arts.
“It is important that all communities get to know the officers in Hartlepool, and we can build a good foundation of trust and communication.
“I would like to thank PC Coggin for organising this event, and congratulate him on the recognition of his good work by the Dialogue Society and the Turkish Muslim community in Hartlepool.”