Brian Paynter, State Member of Bass, called for a new police station to be built at Cowes to replace the current building.
Cowes Police Station is small, does not provide a safe working environment for police officers. It has insufficient storage facilities and does not provide adequate space to accommodate the size of police presence required at Cowes.
A new building, built to modern standards, is needed as the town swells in numbers during seasonal periods and when major events are on the Island.
There is also a need for the Cowes Police Station to be a 24 hour station.
The current station is not fully manned and is under-resourced.
Quotes attributable to Brian Paynter MP, Member for Bass:
After visiting Cowes Police Station recently, it was clear to me and others attending, that the building is not fit for purpose. It is crowded, doesn’t provide a safe environment for police or the public who visit the facility.
The current station is not classified to hold people overnight which means that anyone who is required to be locked up needs to be transported to Wonthaggi, over 40 minutes away. This is problematic during major events and seasonal periods.
Our police on Phillip Island do a fantastic job but they also need to be adequately and sufficiently resourced to do their job properly. The police station on the Island needs to be a 24-hour police station.
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