Prisoners transferred to new cells

FRESH DIGS: Officer Hamish Ogilvie transfers a  prisoner into the new custody suite.
FRESH DIGS: Officer Hamish Ogilvie transfers a prisoner into the new custody suite.

The shift into Christchurch's new $22 million central police station is almost complete.

Staff yesterday moved from the custodial suite in the old 13-storey central police station on Hereford St into their new single-storey temporary base on St Asaph St.

Two female prisoners were also moved across during the process, about 3pm.

"They were the only ones in the cells at the time. Any who had been in there overnight would've gone to court in the morning."

The women were the last in the old holding cells, and the first in the St Asaph St custody suite.

The only police staff yet to relocate from the Hereford St site were the dog section, he said.

They were scheduled to move on Monday.

The first staff moved into the St Asaph St building in mid-December and the majority had relocated before Christmas, the spokesman said.

Police and Corrections Minister Anne Tolley officially opened the St Asaph St station last week.

The Press