28 Sep 2015

Police launch first mobile police station

3:36 pm on 28 September 2015

The country's first custom-built mobile police station will be on the roads from today.

Officers at the launch of the first mobile police station in Upper Hutt this afternoon.

Officers at the launch of the first mobile police station in Upper Hutt this afternoon. Photo: Radio NZ / Adriana Weber

The police say the station-in-a-van will make it easier for people, especially those without transport, to access officers.

It was shown to the public for the first time in Upper Hutt this afternoon, with dozens of officers and residents turning out to see the Mercedes Sprinter van.

It will be used across the Wellington district, but there's already hope for similar mobile police stations to be used in other districts.

Senior Sergeant Derek Orchard said the new van would benefit communities across the district.

"This mobile police base is a huge asset for our district. It enables us to get out into our community and really connect with our community and work together to make a difference to have crime and less victims," he said.

Mr Orchard said the concept was unique and had been in the works for about two years.

"It's a complete set up, it's fully sufficient, so we're able to go anywhere and meet all of the needs of the community. This is the first of its type and I'm hoping to make it a very successful operation that others can look to and get in their communities as well."

Wellington district commander superintendent Sam Hoyle said police staff would share this service on a roster basis and it will be manned by front line officers.

"Our patrol vehicles are essential tools that enable our officers to protect their communities and carry out their duties. The idea of a mobile police base expands on this concept bringing the service to the public," he said.