Kiosks stay closed

The Dominion Post - - News -

Po­lice kiosks closed due to health and safety con­cerns will not re­open un­til the safety of the vol­un­teers who work in­side them is guar­an­teed, the coun­try’s top of­fi­cer says. In April, po­lice closed a num­ber of po­lice com­mu­nity kiosks staffed by vol­un­teers af­ter a safety au­dit iden­ti­fied po­ten­tial risks. Po­lice said 105 small po­lice sta­tions also needed im­me­di­ate steps to en­hance security, af­ter a ‘‘ter­ri­ble at­tack’’ on a civil­ian work­ing for po­lice in Coun­ties Manukau. Speak­ing to Par­lia­ment’s law and or­der com­mit­tee, Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Mike Bush said po­lice were still de­vel­op­ing a pol­icy to en­sure of­fi­cers or civil­ians work­ing in sta­tions were pro­tected from harm. ‘‘As com­mis­sioner, I take my obli­ga­tions to keep my peo­ple safe ex­tremely se­ri­ously.’’

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