Police to hold open day at station

20:54, Jun 09 2014
Alex Williams
RECEIVING VISITORS: Sergeant Mike Porter says an open day on Saturday at the Blenheim police station will give people the chance to see how modern policing works.

Curious Marlburians can have a look behind the scenes at the Blenheim police station this weekend.

An open day is being held at the station on Saturday from 10am until 2pm, as part of a national open day where police stations around New Zealand will open their doors to their community.

Sergeant Mike Porter, of the Blenheim crime prevention group, said the open day was aimed at showing people how police in Marlborough operated.

"We're giving people the opportunity to see what gear we use, what sort of equipment we have, and a chance to interact with us and other agencies," he said.

Visitors would get to see displays from the armed offenders squad and search and rescue teams, as well as have a look inside police cars and the booze bus.

A visit to the cells was on the cards but was dependent on the number of suspects being held.

The open day was not a recruitment drive, but information about how to join the police would be available.

An open day was held about eight years ago, and more than 1000 people turned up, Porter said.

For more information, visit police.govt.nz/open day or contact Blenheim police on (03) 578 5279.

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