No reopening date for police station
Porirua police station has been ‘‘temporarily’’ closed at weekends since June, and there’s no date for it to reopen.
Police said the closure was to enable them to install new safety features, making changes to the front counter and foyer.
After a review in September last year, 121 police sites nationwide were identified as needing safety improvements. Work began in March to create a safer model that included CCTV monitoring, barriers, alarms, more training for staff and changes to public entrances and exits.
Acting Wellington district commander Inspector Paul Basham said work on the Porirua station was ‘‘expected to get under way in the coming months’’, but there was no set start or completion date.
He did not confirm that the station would reopen at weekends once the work was completed.
‘‘[We] will be revisiting the arrangements for public access at weekends once the necessary work has been undertaken,’’ he said.
Demand for front counter services on the weekends was ‘‘very low’’, though he said residents would receive the same levels of service from police while it was closed.
But Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett said he wanted to know when the station would reopen at weekends. ‘‘It makes perfect sense to close while they are doing work, but they need to let us know when it will open again.
‘‘The police do a sterling job, but if they believe they can change services for Porirua people, we would expect significant consultation.’’
Police resource management acting deputy commissioner Allan Boreham said the changes to the police counters around the country would take up to three years to complete.
Police had worked hard to provide safe access for the public to more than 350 locations in New Zealand, he said.
‘‘To date, 75 of the [121 sites that need changes] have been visited to conduct preliminary measurements and 45 concept designs have been completed.
‘‘Hamilton Central’s front counter has been under construction since August 15, and will be developed as a trial site.’’
Porirua residents have been advised to call 111 in an emergency.