Cops put surveillance in police stations so they can record proof of getting bashed

Cops are always accused of bashing ratbags, and back in the day that sort of thing was acceptable, but no longer.

So the Police are having to protect themselves with CCTV monitoring the inside of Police stations. They are however describing it as a public safety initiative.

Police have announced plans to make the front counters of more than 300 stations safer for staff and visitors.

They say they are also looking at making changes to 105 stations identified as most at risk, mainly in smaller towns or suburbs.

Assistant commissioner of police districts Allan Boreham said that included potentially issuing staff with safety alarms, adding more security cameras, and limiting public access to times when constabulary or sworn staff were on site.   

“We don’t want to make our premises less welcoming to members of our communities but we must do all we can to ensure our staff and members of the public are safe,” he said.

The plans followed a review of station security measures in September, which was prompted when a man fired shots inside the Palmerston North police station in August last year. and after threats were made against staff in other districts.

While physical attacks on staff at stations were rare, they did happen, Mr Boreham said.

Just last week, a police contractor was assaulted by a person in the reception area of a station in Counties Manukau.

“That’s quite a rare, but a very serious, incident. More commonly what we have is a range of people that might come in and act in a threatening way, threaten staff, or act in a disorderly way, so it’s important that the stations are designed for that as well.

“And there’s enough of those incidents that gave us some concern last year that we did this review and looked at what improvements we could make.”

Cops are assaulted as par for the course in their jobs, it is unacceptable, and that is another reason for the cameras in Police stations.

They do a horrible job, dealing with often horrible people and horrible situations. They need all the protection we can give them.


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