Friday 16 June 2017
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Crime up as hours hiked By Luke Voogt
RIDING HIGH: Keen cyclists Rosemary Nugent of Geelong West and Cat Reupert, Grovedale, prepare for their first crossing of Lt Malop St’s new rail overpass bridge after its official opening for pedestrians and bike riders this week. 169529 (Rebecca Hosking)
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Waurn Ponds Police Station has extended its opening hours while maintaining extra patrols on the road, according to Geelong Superintendent Craig Gillard. Front-counter services will be available from 6am to 10pm daily from 1 July after a controversial trial of reduced hours from 10am to 6pm. The reduced hours had freed up 200 hours of twoperson police patrols during the trial. Supt Gillard said police had maintained the patrols while increasing front desk hours thanks to a “staff restructure”. “It’s a win-win, we’ve extended our opening hours and we haven’t reduced our patrol capacity.”
The reinstated the front desk hours would “further improve service delivery for the Waurn Ponds community”, Geelong Acting Inspector John Clark said. But the station needed more officers, said Grovedale resident Alan Rogers. “(The opening hours are) not going to make any difference that I can see.” Mr Rogers said police took four hours to respond when he called triple zero at 6.47pm on 10 January. An apparently drug-affected man entered Mr Rogers’ backyard and began throwing objects at his house roof before threatening his wife with shovel, he said. “He had to be on something.” Continued page 5
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