New cop shop opens Wednesday afternoon

SALE’S new 24-hour police station will become operational on Wednesday following three years of planning and construction.

The new facility will house the Sale uniform branch, Crime Investigation Unit, Highway Patrol, police prosecutors and the Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team.

The building has public consultation and interview rooms, a mess room and other staff amenities including change rooms and a gymnasium, conference and training room facilities which can be used for emergency situations and management purposes, short term custodial holding rooms, a custodial area and administration work areas.

Sale police station Inspector Robert Wallace said the new station would benefit police and the community.

“We’re very excited to be moving into the new premises which will enable us to provide better service,” he said.

“There’s properly built work stations for everybody and that will help us provide a better service.

“There’s no extra (facilities) but they’re more modern, so easier for us to utilise in performing our duties as we’re expected to.

“It’s a lot more accessible for everybody and a lot more visible with people coming past.

“The old station is well and truly past its used by date.”

The new station will be fully operational from 3pm Wednesday when all public enquires will be directed to the new address at 1-11 Reeve St and to the new phone number, 5142 2200.

For emergencies, people should continue to phone 000.