The consistency of overnight policing in Mosgiel is being
Labour MP Clare Curran recently raised concerns with Southern
Police District commander Superintendent Andrew Coster about
Mosgiel being left unattended on some nights.
It was revealed last month no police officers were stationed
in Mosgiel overnight when a man called 111 to report guns
being fired in Waipori one weekend.
The incident was not attended by police, as it was not
considered a priority for the officers covering Mosgiel from
Dunedin at the time.
Ms Curran said she was told by several people the Mosgiel
police station had been left unmanned overnight on many
She sought answers from Supt Coster at a meeting in Dunedin
''He confirmed to me that there is meant to be a police
presence in Mosgiel overnight, especially at weekends.
''I raised with him my concern that the Waipori incident was
not the only night the station was unmanned, and he's taken
that seriously and given me an undertaking that he's going to
investigate that and get back to me,'' Ms Curran said.
She was pleased Supt Coster had taken her concerns seriously
and said she looked forward to ''furthering the discussion''
about Mosgiel police.
''I'm not trying to overdramatise this issue, but there are
about 14,000 people in the wider Mosgiel area,'' Ms Curran
She understood it took Dunedin police only 10 minutes to get
to Mosgiel ''at speed'' for emergencies, but said having a
police presence in the town was as much about public
perception as it was about resourcing.
''I'll be seeking an assurance from him [Supt Coster] that he
has fully investigated the consistency of the police presence
overnight in Mosgiel,'' Ms Curran said.