Po­lice base clo­sure tem­po­rary

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David Tuck said he was ‘‘sad and dis­ap­pointed’’ when told to lock the Ti­tahi Bay com­mu­nity po­lice base and hand in the keys.

Po­lice say it is a tem­po­rary mea­sure, in line with an au­dit of the safety of front counter staff, but Ti­tahi Bay re­tail­ers and po­lice vol­un­teers are con­cerned.

Tuck said the base, opened in White­house Rd in 2008, could be busy, with peo­ple reg­u­larly drop­ping in. He and wife Judy co­or­di­nated the vol­un­teers to man it – two shifts on week­days and on Satur­day morn­ing.

‘‘Peo­ple liked hav­ing it there,’’ Tuck said. ‘‘To be told to hand in the keys was dis­ap­point­ing and I’m sad. It came as a shock.’’

‘‘To be told to hand in the keys was dis­ap­point­ing and I’m sad.’’

Ti­tahi Bay Bak­ery owner Keith Cam said the shop­ping precinct was safer with the po­lice base open.

‘‘The po­lice are not around much, so it’s good hav­ing peo­ple there. We had win­dows bro­ken all the time be­fore the base opened.’’

Kapiti Mana Po­lice area com­man­der In­spec­tor Paul Basham said it was in­cor­rect to say com­mu­nity po­lice bases were un­der threat.

‘‘Some premises are be­ing au­dited in re­sponse to con­cerns raised by our staff last year,’’ he said. ‘‘Ti­tahi Bay’s base has been tem­po­rar­ily closed in line with this ap­proach.’’

The Wai­tan­girua and Can­nons Creek com­mu­nity bases would re­main open when po­lice staff were present, Basham said.

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