Three bullet-proof jail cell doors worth $50,000 are among
features the public can expect to see during a community open
day at Wanaka's new $3 million police station tomorrow.
The open day will run from 10am to 2pm at the new station on
Ballantyne Rd, which has been operating since early September
and was officially opened last week by Michael Woodhouse MP.
Senior Sergeant Allan Grindell said everyone was welcome to
come and take a guided tour through the station.
''After all, it's the taxpayer's money [that paid for the
station] so we should let our community see it.''
Staff would be on hand throughout the day to field questions
and to take children's fingerprints in the cells, Snr Sgt
Grindell said. The cell doors used the latest technology,
with high-impact ballistic glass, designed for difficult
prisoners who ''have a tendency to kick things''.
The 500sq m station accommodates 18 police staff, includes a
combined community and special operations room and can also
be used as a Civil Defence headquarters in an emergency.
Custodial facilities include secure prisoner transfer into
short-term holding facilities, a charge room, excess
breath-alcohol facilities, video interview rooms and a
medical examination room.