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Jan 272012

Press Release: Police Minister Neil Roberts and Commissioner Bob Atkinson today joined local MPs Steve Kilburn and Cameron Dick for the official opening of the new Carina Police Station.

Mr Roberts said the state-of-the-art facility – at the corner of Narracott Street and Creek Road – would serve as the base for local policing in Carina and surrounding suburbs for many years to come.

“The construction of this new facility was a commitment made by the Bligh Government in the lead-up to the 2009 State Election and we have delivered on that commitment,” Mr Roberts said.

“The station replaces the former Camp Hill Police Station which has been identified by the Police Service as no longer being suitable to meet the needs of the local community.”

Commissioner Atkinson said it was important that policing was in-line with the growth and demands of communities in Queensland.

“The station is a modern facility that will allow the QPS to continue to protect life and property, preserve peace and safety, prevent crime and uphold the law to the very best of its ability,” Commissioner Atkinson said.

“The new Carina Police Station is a 24-hour station and the Carindale Police Beat at the Carindale Shopping Centre also comes under its command.

“The station will be staffed by 22 general duty officers and one administration officer. Acting Senior Sergeant Mark Norrish is the Acting Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of the station.

“Mark has worked in the division for the past 10 years and has a wealth of experience and knowledge both geographically and demographically, which will be beneficial to the standard of policing services delivered to people living and working in the division.”

The new station features a foyer and reception area, work and rest areas for administration staff and police officers, staff amenities and meals room as well as a covered outdoor area and vehicle wash bay. It also includes operational features like a fingerprint area, holding cells and separate electronic intelligence and Major Incident rooms.

Member for Chatsworth Steve Kilburn said the official opening of the station, which became operational in late December, was the final milestone for the project.

“I have lobbied hard on behalf of the local community for this project to be completed as soon as possible and I am pleased to see the new station officially opened,” Mr Kilburn said.

“I know the community has keenly watched as the project achieved various milestones from the turning of the first sod to today’s official opening.

“Our local police officers do a great job in helping to keep our community safe and I know they have strong support from within the community.

“We now have a facility that is able to meet the growing policing demands of the local community now and well into the future.”

Member for Greenslopes Cameron Dick said the trial use of the Camp Hill police facility as a base for the State Traffic Support Branch was a win-win for the south side community.

“Not only have locals gained a new, modern police station at Carina, but there will continue to be a police presence in Camp Hill,” Mr Dick said.

Media contacts: Minister’s office – (07) 3239 0199; Police Media – (07) 3015 2444

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