South Dunedin police station to reopen

The South Dunedin Police Station. Photo by ODT
The South Dunedin Police Station. Photo by ODT
More than a year after flood damage caused its closure, the Dunedin South police station is set to reopen to the public.

The station would reopen tomorrow, Acting Otago Coastal Area Commander, Inspector Kelvin Lloyd said.

"Due to extensive damage caused by the flooding in the South Dunedin area in June 2015, the police station had to be closed due to safety concerns," Insp Lloyd said.

He said the damage meant a number of police teams were required to relocate to other stations while repair work was carried out.

Police had worked with the contractors to ensure the station opened as quickly as possible.

From tomorrow, the public counter would be open on weekdays between 11am and 2pm for anyone wishing to report any matter or speak with police.

People could also contact police by calling station numbers, using online contact forms, or calling 111 in an emergency.

The Family Harm team, South Dunedin Neighbourhood Policing Team and the local Community Constable had been moved back into the station. 

"I would like to acknowledge the hard work of the contractors in ensuring the station repairs were completed as quickly as possible so we could reopen it to the public," Insp Lloyd said.

"I'd also like to thank the public for their patience and understanding while we completed the repairs.

''Our main concern had always been ensuring the station was safe for the public and our staff before it was reopened."

A date for an official reopening ceremony is still to be confirmed.

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