Police have given an assurance the Mosgiel Police Station
will be staffed overnight, following community concern, says
Dunedin South MP Clare Curran.
Ms Curran was heartened by the response from the Southern
District's top police officer to concerns about
No officers were working in the Mosgiel area on January 26
when a Waipori resident called 111 after hearing dozens of
gunshots about 2.30am.
The resident, Richard Mathias, was concerned for his safety
and his neighbours, especially as the gunshots came 10 days
after the St Leonards shootings, when two children were
killed by their father.
Following the incident, which was reported in the Otago
Daily Times, police maintained it was rare to have no-one
working in Mosgiel overnight.
Ms Curran said she called a meeting with Superintendent
Andrew Coster to raise her concerns.
The Southern District commander last month met Ms Curran and
''acknowledged there has been understaffing, with the Mosgiel
police station not being staffed overnight for some time'',
Supt Coster gave her a commitment the Mosgiel station would
be staffed overnight.
''I feel heartened by that,'' Ms Curran said.
''But I would say to the community if they continue to have
concerns to speak up.''
Supt Coster was unavailable for comment but a police
spokesman confirmed the meeting between the commander and Ms