Police are seeking volunteers to provide counter service at
the Port Chalmers and Mosgiel police stations.
Clutha-Taieri area response manager Senior Sergeant Al Dickie
said as staff numbers at Port Chalmers were recently reduced
from two to one, police were investigating how to provide a
better counter service at the station.
''It's a stopgap to provide some better service to the public
when they want to talk to someone about policing issues.''
Senior Constable Steve Tvrdeic, of Port Chalmers, had to
regularly leave the station to police over a wide area,
including Waitati, and was unable to provide an acceptable
counter service, Snr Sgt Dickie said.
Snr Const Tvrdeic had found it difficult to provide the level
of presence expected by the community even under previous
higher levels of staffing, Staff numbers had been cut because
crime levels were much lower, Snr Sgt Dickie said.
''It doesn't justify that level of police.''
The volunteers, who would not be paid, would man the Port
Chalmers station counter. Duties would include taking
messages and recording lost and found reports.
The messages and public concerns would be conveyed to Snr
Const Tvrdeic by radio, cellphone or upon his return to the
station, Snr Sgt Dickie said.
The service was particularly important during the cruise ship
season when numbers in Port Chalmers ''swelled'', he said.
It was the first time there had been a request for volunteers
in Dunedin, but Oamaru station used volunteers behind the
counter at lunchtimes, he said.
Volunteers would be vetted and those selected would be
Anyone interested should call Snr Sgt Dickie or Sergeant
Kevin Davidson, of Mosgiel, on 489-3534, or Snr Const Tvrdeic
Snr Sgt Dickie said anyone wanting to report a crime, such as
a burglary, theft or non-urgent historic crime, could call
the crime reporting line, 0800 426-7736.