Hundreds of Upper Clutha residents spent time in the cells at
Wanaka's new police station on Saturday, although all were on
their best behaviour.
Their stint in the lock-ups was part of a public open day at
the station, which gave people a close look inside the $3
million building and at various police systems and equipment.
Police staff explained to the steady stream of people the
station's many modern features, including its custodial
facilities, interview rooms, main office area, special
operations room and CCTV monitoring screens. Younger guests
sat inside a police car, tried on bulletproof vests and had
their fingerprints taken.
Wanaka sub-area commander Senior Sergeant Allan Grindell
estimated about 400 people had been through the station
during the four hours it was open to the public.
Many were young families, but a large number of older
residents from the community visited, too.
The last Wanaka Police Station open day was held in April
2007, at the former Helwick St site. That station was closed
early last month, when staff relocated to the new Ballantyne
It was a busy day for Wanaka police staff. Several were
involved in an annual large-scale search and rescue training
exercise, alongside dozens of LandSAR Wanaka volunteers.