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Tuesday, 3 February 2015

MINISTER VISITS 24-HOUR CASTLEMAINE POLICE STATION

Police and Corrections Minister Wade Noonan has praised Castlemaine’s new 24-hour police station on a visit to the area today.

Mr Noonan was visiting the Loddon Mallee region to talk to police officers and visit correctional centres.

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards, welcomed Mr Noonan’s tour of the NEW station, which replaces the old Lyttleton St police complex.

The Castlemaine police station has capacity for up to 50 staff, including room for Crime Investigations Units, Prosecutions, Highway Patrol and support staff, who can now work in the region when necessary.

The station is also a training workplace that already houses probationary constables as part of their instruction.

Mr Noonan praised programs at the station, including the regular Ice forums????? that are working to form connections between community groups to tackle the drugs problem.

There are also investigation teams for burglary and theft, the local representatives of the Rural Road Policing Strategy and coordinated agencies to deal with family violence.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Police, Wade Noonan

 “The old police station could simply no longer meet the demands of the modern police force. This new complex will let police do their job properly.’’

“This new 24-hour police complex will help police better fight crime in Castlemaine and the surrounding area and ensure the next generation of constables get the best training possible.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards

“The new Castlemaine police station is a great asset for the Castlemaine community and surrounding region”

“The work these police officers do in our region is outstanding, and they have developed several programs to tackle crime in our area.’’

 “It is also giving probationary constables a base from which to complete their training.”

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