Surry Hills LAC launches mobile police station
Following recent successful trials of a mobile police station to improve community engagement, Surry Hills Local Area Command has announced a state-of-the-art, mobile police station will visit a number of locations throughout Surry Hills in the coming weeks.
Surry Hills Local Area Commander, Superintendent Tony Crandell, said the trial had been well received.
“As a result, we have planned at least another four more outings, with others to be scheduled depending upon demand and use of the mobile service.”
Crandell said the mobile stations allowed better engagement between police and community members, particularly those who may be frail, elderly or intimidated by attending a police station.
“There are members of our community who may be elderly or disabled or perhaps find it intimidating or inconvenient to attend Surry Hills Police Station. These people are important to us because community concerns shape the structure and focus of local policing strategies designed to prevent and further reduce crime and antisocial behaviour," Crandell said.
“We want to bring police to the people and encourage our community to speak with their local officers about whatever matters to them. It might be simply an opportunity to have a friendly chat or to discuss local issues that might otherwise go unreported and unnoticed.” he said.
Crandell said anyone interested in taking a look at the mobile unit was weloome to drop by.
“It is worth a look. We have all the latest equipment including data terminals with access to the police database, a TV monitor, interview room and digital message board,” Crandell said.
“If you are someone that would like to speak with local, operational police officers I encourage you to visit us at the times and locations indicated. Throughout these days there will be police officers from the Surry Hills Beats/High Visibility Unit; Our Crime Prevention Officer, Senior Constable Craig Parkinson; as well as our Volunteers in Policing or VIPs as we know them, who will have some handouts for our visitors.” he said.
The mobile police station will be at the following locations between 9am and 3pm:
Thursday 12 June 2014: Ward Park – Devonshire Street, Surry Hills;
Thursday 26 June 2014: Paddington Primary School – Watson Street, Paddington (outside the School);
Thursday 3 July 2014: Prince Alfred Park – Chalmers Street, Surry Hills;
Wednesday 30 July 2014: Shannon Reserve – Crown Street and Foveaux Streets, Surry Hills.