30 Oct 2010

Police restructure mooted for Dunedin

9:17 pm on 30 October 2010

A major restructuring of the Dunedin police force could result in police officers being moved from outlying suburban stations into the central city.

The proposed restructure aims to tackle Dunedin's crime rate, which police say has increased every year for the past decade.

The proposed changes are part of a 50-page report delivered to Dunedin's 280 police staff late on Thursday, looking at ways to relocate resources in the metropolitan area.

The proposals include axing police positions at suburban stations and moving staff into the Dunedin Central Station.

Mobile police teams would cover the entire city, rather than basing themselves in several suburban areas.