Open day at police station

Oamaru police officers will for once be hoping the cells at the Oamaru Police Station will be overflowing on saturday, as the station hosts an open day to reveal more of the inner working of the police and other emergency services.

The open day, which runs from 11am to 1pm, will give law-abiding Oamaru residents the chance to tour the police cells, as well as see exhibits from the armed offenders squad, the police dog section and the commercial vehicle investigation unit.

Senior Sergeant Jason McCoy said the day, which would also allow people to visit the fingerprint room and go inside a "booze bus", would provide a fun and educational time.

"This is a great opportunity for children and adults to have a fun time while also learning more about the work of our emergency service organisations."

Search and rescue staff will also provide a live abseiling demonstration, while the Oamaru Volunteer Fire Brigade will demonstrate how the "jaws of life" work.

Displays from police partner organisations St John, the Rural Fire Service, Victim Support, community patrols and civil defence will also be on show on the day, to show how local emergency service organisations work.

andrew.ashton@odt.co.nz