Police to let public peek behind scenes

19:22, Jun 12 2014

The police are throwing open their doors and inviting the public to view the Invercargill and Alexandra stations this weekend.

The Invercargill central police station will be open for tours between 11am and 2pm tomorrow as part of the National Police Open Day.

Southland police area manager prevention Inspector Olaf Jensen said the day was an opportunity for the public to have a look behind the scenes at how a police station operated.

Apart from the station tour, there will be displays from the armed offenders squad, Search and Rescue as well as partner agencies Community Patrol New Zealand, Maori Wardens and Neighbourhood Support, he said.

In Central Otago, people curious about crime-fighting can get a behind-the-scenes look at the Alexandra station.

Senior Sergeant Ian Kerrisk, of Central Otago, said the cell block would be open and people could also look at the booze bus, prison van, a police dog, a new red highway patrol car and equipment. The Fire Service would also have a display, showing what could happen when a stove was left unattended, he said.

"A lot of equipment for emergency services is funded by the local community and a lot of people never get to see it."

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