Mosgiel community leaders are disappointed the opening hours
of the town's police station have been halved.
The Gordon Rd station, which used to be open between
8.30am-4.30pm on weekdays, is now open to the public between
Sergeant Kevin Davidson said the watchhouse role had gone
from being a fulltime position to a 0.5 position earlier this
He reiterated that police would still attend jobs, and in
emergencies people should always phone 111.
Outside of opening hours, residents should still ring the
local police station for non-urgent matters, which would be
transferred to the 24-hour Crime Reporting Line, he said.
Mosgiel-Taieri community board chairman Bill Feather first
learnt about the change when contacted by the Taieri
''This certainly surprises me.''
He believed residents would prefer to deal with police in
person and he planned to discuss the matter with police.
Dunedin South MP Clare Curran said she was concerned about
the cut in opening hours, and the lack of police presence
during the night.
Last month the Otago Daily Times revealed no officers
were working in the Mosgiel area, when a Waipori resident
called 111 to report dozens of gunshots near his home, and
the incident was not attended.
Ms Curran said perception was very important for policing
''and if people don't feel safe than that is an issue''.