Open day to unlock mysteries of policing

Unlocking policing mysteries

HANNAH MCKEE
Last updated 09:42 14/06/2014
Tusha Penny
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CELLS TO SEE: Superintendent Tusha Penny says the open police open day is about connecting with the community.

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To see the inside of a police cell, you would normally have to commit a crime - but not today.

Police stations all over New Zealand are opening their doors as part of the first National Police Open Day.

Visitors to the Wellington central police station will have the opportunity to meet members of the armed offenders squad, police dogs, and see inside the CCTV room, cells, police cars and prison vans.

But rather than just a nose-around, Superintendent Tusha Penny says it is a chance for people of all ages to feel more connected with the police and how they operate. "A lot of people only know about police stations from what they see on reality television, but this is real police showing how their business works.

"With our prevention strategy we need to have strong relationships with the community. It's more than just an open day, but about police connecting with all of the community and lowering the mystique of police work."

Acting Wellington district commander Inspector Chris Scahill says this is a chance for people to see the new tools and technology used by police.

"We want people to not only be safe, but feel safe too. "What better way to help achieve that than by giving people the opportunity to see how we prevent crime and reduce offending first-hand."

THE DETAILS

Wellington central police station, Victoria St, will be open from 10am to 2pm, with tours of police launch the Lady Elizabeth IV at the Wellington Maritime Unit (Waterloo Quay service jetty) from 10am.

The Royal NZ Police College, Papakowhai Rd, Porirua, open from 1pm to 3pm, with police dog demonstrations, dive squad and vintage police cars.

At Masterton police station, Church St, visitors will be able to meet search and rescue staff, armed offenders squad members, and police dogs from 10am to 2pm All free, no bookings required.

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