Public get rare look at police station

HEAVY METAL: Constable Phil Brown, of Invercargill, shows a gun to Tyler Hewton, 10, at the police station open day on Saturday.
HEAVY METAL: Constable Phil Brown, of Invercargill, shows a gun to Tyler Hewton, 10, at the police station open day on Saturday.

Getting into a patrol car and trying their hand at fingerprinting were two activities on the top of the list for children at the Invercargill police station's open day.

The public were given a rare glimpse of what happens behind the scenes at the station on Saturday..

Inspector Olaf Jensen said about 1500 people attended the open day and police were pleased with the turnout.

Invercargill police had made a lot of gains in the fight against crime and victimisation, Jensen said.

Community input was a driving force behind those gains, so it was great to be able to give back, he said.

"It was a really positive day . . . it left all the staff involved feeling great too."

The Southland Times