The New Zealand Police Association has taken up the case
of Wanaka police staff unhappy with security at their new $3
million station, officially opened three weeks ago.
The association's director for police region 7, Grant Gerken,
told the Otago Daily Times this week the main issues
with the Ballantyne Rd station were the ''openness'' of the
public counter and access to the station.
The front entrance has two automatic sliding glass doors and
unlike most police stations, there is no barrier above the
Mr Gerken said the association and police administration were
looking at solutions.
''We are trying to work through a compromise between being
able to serve the community and be able to do that
face-to-face, at the same time ensuring the safety of the
officers and the security of the building.''
Asked if he thought this should have been done at the time
the station was being constructed, Mr Gerken said: ''It's an
''Sometimes, you identify things after things are in place.
''It's not the best way of finding out, but as long as we
work together to find the best solution in the end, that's
the main thing.''
Wanaka sub-area commander Senior Sergeant Allan Grindell said
staff concerns were being taken seriously.
He said it was expected alterations would be completed before
There was a balance to be achieved between public access and
staff safety, Snr Sgt Grindell said.
At the station opening, Police Assistant Commissioner Grant
Nicholls praised the station, saying it was ''a world away
from the austere and sometimes grim places we remember from