New stage of Manukau police hub open
By NICOLA WILLIAMS - Eastern Courier
The second stage of a Manukau policing hub was opened last week by police minister Judith Collins.
Part two of the Wiri Station Rd police station has a 24-hour cell block and will be home to team policing, road policing, a file management centre and a serious incidents room.
It features a tunnel between the Hub and the Manukau courthouse for prisoner transfers.
The second stage cost $22 million bringing the total cost of the hub to $35 million.
Counties-Manukau is the busiest police district in the country and the growth and diversity of the area brings unique challenges, Ms Collins said in her speech to police representatives at the opening ceremony.
"I am confident that this state-of-the-art new station will enable the police to serve the people of Manukau City and Counties-Manukau with professionalism and pride.
"I am a firm believer that the foundation of any police service is officers out on the streets and the neighbourhoods where crime occurs. Being visible and being responsive is one of the greatest deterrents to criminals."
She expressed her pride in the New Zealand police and her belief they are among the finest in the world.
"However, there is no room for complacency, during my term as Police Minister I will be asking for even higher levels of excellence and professionalism."
Ms Collins says additional manpower, stronger legislation and community support will make a significant impact on the front lines of crime.
Among those at the ceremony were assistant commissioner Steve Shortland, district commander Mike Bush and deputy police commissioner Lynne Provost.
The Hub is now the police headquarters for Manukau which was previously located in Otahuhu.