New cop shop in Kempsey not Coffs

KEMPSEY has its new police station but where’s ours?

Police Minister Michael Daley officially opened the $11.9 million state-of-the-art Kempsey station on Friday, but still no word on a new one for Coffs Harbour.

The community and NSW Opposition has called for a Coffs Harbour justice centre incorporating a new police station and courthouse but residents are still awaiting the first sod to be turned.

Mr Daley said that the new two-storey police station at Kempsey would accommodate 84 police personnel and provide ground level parking.

Kempsey Police Station forms part of the State Government’s investment of $67.5 million to continue the planning and construction of new police stations in the 2010/11 budget.

“This new station will house general duties officers, crime management unit, detectives, anti-theft group, Aboriginal liaison officers, a visiting prosecutor and highway patrol officers,” Mr Daley said.

“It offers vastly improved customer service facilities for the public as well as a modern and effective working environment for the police and administrative staff.

“Apart from providing local officers with the best facilities and resources available, this new police station will improve the connection between the station and the local court.”

Mr Daley said the NSW Government was building and upgrading 37 stations across the state to ensure police had world-class facilities with access to the latest technology.

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