Kieran Rotarangi (9), of Dunedin, sees if the job fits
during the New Zealand Police Open Day at the Dunedin
Central Police Station on Saturday. Photo by Peter
Seldom are Dunedin police cells left open for people to
come and go as they please.
But Saturday was an exception. It was the New Zealand Police
Open Day and about 1000 people visited the Dunedin Central
Police Station to get a look behind the scenes at what goes
The station tour included an armed offenders squad static
display, a patrol car display, a Search and Rescue display,
and a Bluelight barbecue.
Similar tours were given at police stations around the
country, including at Invercargill and Alexandra which
attracted about 1700 and 500 people, respectively.
Visitors learnt about the work done by police, including road
policing, the maritime units, the police dog section, the
armed offenders squads, dive squad, forensics, the financial
crime group, Interpol, the Diplomatic Protection Service,
Search and Rescue, the Police College, the Police Prosecution
Service and even the police pipe band.
Southern District commander Inspector Andrew Coster said New
Zealand police had changed over the past decade and the open
day aimed to show the public what the police service looks
like in 2014.
''While much about what we do remains the same, there is also
much that has changed.
''Today, we are spending less time in stations and more time
working out in the community to prevent crime.
''With nearly 14,000 iPhones and iPads issued to staff, we
have made ourselves into one of the most mobile police
organisations in the world.
''Newly introduced technology enables our frontline officers
to carry out job-critical tasks such as running queries on
persons and vehicles, completing bail checks and intel
notings on their iPhone or iPad device.''
Being mobile had freed up 30 minutes of police time for every
frontline officer, every shift, he said.