Staff Sgt. Tony Parks spent his day off “working” as he hopped behind the counter to serve up some snacks for his fellow officers and members of the Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness who caught a matinee together Friday. Contributed photo

Staff Sgt. Tony Parks spent his day off “working” as he hopped behind the counter to serve up some snacks for his fellow officers and members of the Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness who caught a matinee together Friday. Contributed photo

Victoria Police meet Aboriginal activists for afternoon flick

The group gathered as part of ongoing series of events supporting reconciliation efforts

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 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.

kristyn.anthony@vicnews.com