Central Leader - - OPINION -

Com­mis­sion­ers about why they are do­ing it.

Lo­cal people don’t ac­cept the sort of Welling­ton per­spec­tive that says polic­ing can be done by phones and com­puter.

When I vis­ited Hen­der­son shop­ping cen­tre af­ter dairy owner Arun Ku­mar was killed what people were ask­ing for was an ac­ces­si­ble com­mu­nity po­lice sta­tion and a more vis­i­ble pres­ence of com­mu­nity con­sta­bles on the street.

Mt Roskill Po­lice Sta­tion had an en­thu­si­as­tic group of com­mu­nity vol­un­teers who staffed the re­cep­tion area and helped the con­sta­bles.

Lo­cals ap­pre­ci­ated the fact that if they needed to they could ac­cess the sta­tion and talk to a per­son not a call cen­tre. We want the sta­tion re­opened to the pub­lic, not to be told that it is just a dis­trac­tion.

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