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Community bake off promotes community cohesion

Women from local communities and officers from South Wales Police (SWP) went head-to-head for “star baker” title to promote good relations and community cohesion.

The annual community bake off took place at Cardiff Metropolitan University on Wednesday (Sep 21) and saw seven bakers from communities in Cardiff take on four officers in a competition jointly organised by Detective Sergeant Karen Merrett (SWP), Cardiff Metropolitan University and Women Connect First (WCF).

All participants selected a bake of their choice and had two hours to prepare, bake, cool and decorate their bake ready for judging and tasting. The judging was done by Chef and owner of restaurant Heaney’s, Tommy Heaney and representatives from the three organisations.

The tasting was done by everyone in the room!

The event was organised to further strengthen the relationships between the police and women in the communities WCF represent.

DS Karen Merrett said:

“Tackling violence and abuse against women and girls is a long-standing priority for us and I understand that personal safety is a concern for many women.

“This event creates an opportunity to engage with women who may have not engaged with us before. It’s an opportunity to build their trust and confidence in policing so they feel comfortable coming to us when they need us.

“Congratulations to the first place winner, Duos Suliman, who won the judges over with her warbat qishta!”

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