Victoria Police take to pitch with Indian community

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The men and women in blue will don the baggy whites when Victoria Police take on the Indian community’s Indigos cricket club on 27 January.

The annual event is over the Australia Day long weekend as it holds a dual meaning for the Australian-Indian community who also celebrate the Indian Republic Day on this date.

Established in 2006, the Indigos cricket club helps members of the Indian community get involved with sport and build links in Melbourne.

Police from the North West Metro Region including Caroline Springs and the Victoria Police Cricket Club (VPCC) will take part, as well as ex-Victorian cricket player Senior Constable Rob Bartlett.

Acting Inspector Greg Hinton said the friendly Twenty20 cricket match builds on the positive relationship between police and the Indian community.

“Many are students who come to Melbourne with little or no contacts within our community. This event is an opportunity for them to view police in an informal environment and to interact with us on a social level,” he said.

“It is a chance for us to speak to them in a safe and fun sporting environment about a broad range of topics and issues while at the same time building valuable relationships,” he added.

The game will be at the Sunshine Heights Cricket Club, Glengala Road, Sunshine, from noon on 27 January.

Assistant Commissioner Andrew Crisp will toss the coin and Brimbank Superintendent Glenn Weir will umpire the game.

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