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New Zealand's newest Police station was opened at Rolleston, near Christchurch, this morning [Thursday 6 September] by Police Minister, Hon. Anne Tolley.
The new station, built at a cost of $1.6 million, will house local Rolleston police officers, and will also be the administrative base for the Selwyn sub-area - currently operating out of Lincoln and Hornby stations.
Highway Patrol officers are also expected to operate from the station, which will accommodate up to around 20 staff.
The station has been designed with sufficient space to allow for future expansion in line with the expected growth of the Selwyn District - one of the fastest-growing regions in the country.
Opening the station, Mrs Tolley said the new facility would put Police "front and centre" at the heart of Rolleston township and Selwyn District. "And being part of the community is very much what our Prevention First strategy is all about."
District Commander, Superintendent Gary Knowles, says the new station represents a commitment by Police to maintain and strengthen its presence in the district, and to working in partnership with the local community.
"It's part of our mission to provide a high level of service to all parts of Canterbury - whether metropolitan, urban or rural," he says.
"Policing in a rural environment does bring challenges, and requires a special type of approach, in terms of a willingness to be part of the community and going that extra mile.
"Police can be proud of this new station," he said. "It's a big step forward in supporting our staff and our community."