5 Sep 2009

Police Minister to open sixth new station

8:50 pm on 5 September 2009

Police Minister Judith Collins says she is not intending to close any active police stations and will soon open the sixth since National came to power.

The Government is looking for $21 million in savings from the police. But in a report to the minister, police say there is limited scope for savings and it carries the potential for major disruption.

However, the report does suggest selling property.

Ms Collins told Morning Report that disused police stations could be sold as they are costing the taxpayer.

Among the properties likely for closure are a disused police station in Gisborne and another in Parnell in Auckland.

Ms Collins says if any are sold, they will not be in operation.