Northern Suburbs Community Centre general manager Denise Delphin had a bit of a start when she saw the name of a community-bridging event on Wednesday, called Cuppa with a Copper.
"We were brought up in that generation where you didn't say 'copper' as such, it was disrespectful," she laughed.
"I can remember my father saying to me, 'it's policeman'. Policewomen weren't around much back then."
A lot has changed in the police force over the past few decades.
Wednesday's morning tea, which was part of the Tamar Peace Festival, aimed to reinforce the idea that police officers are friendly and approachable: vital strands in the fabric of community.
"It's a way for people to get together and have an informal conversation, and get to know the local police officers," Ms Delphin said.
"But I think that connection is already pretty strong in the northern suburbs."