Mobile station helping to keep the peace at beach

Seven $250 fines have been handed out for breaching the booze ban at East Auckland beaches so far this summer.

But wherever the mobile police station is parked up, from Beachlands to Kawakawa Bay, beachgoers behave themselves, Sergeant Ian Davison says.

"It was perceived there would be a demand here. And by being here we have actually seen a very good response."

No fines have been issued or disorder broken up at coastal spots around the police station.

Beachgoers found breaching the liquor ban are first asked to tip alcohol out or to leave the area. If they fail to comply then a $250 fine may be given.

The mobile police station has been used in the past to respond to serious offences. It includes a public counter, communications, laptop facilities, airconditioning, a kitchen and a toilet.

Mr Davison says the 1996 Hino truck is the only mobile command unit in the Counties Manukau policing district, and possibly in the country.

Constables attached to it have been giving friendly reminders to help create a safe environment and are checking if people have seen anything untowards.

They have also stopped a number of distracted drivers and asked them to pull over if they wish to take in the scenery.

Mr Davison says residents often tell him they appreciate the police presence.

And although some members of the public look at the station a little warily as it used to be an old booze bus, people are encouraged to drop in to say hello.

Eastern Courier