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Dunkley: Open a St George’s police station

Shadow Minister of National Security Michael Dunkley called for St George's police station to open 24-hours-a-day after news that no officers were available to deal with a serious incident this week.

The Royal Gazette reported on Wednesday that Belle Hunt went to the station to seek help for her 54-year-old son who had become aggressive due to medical withdrawal symptoms on Monday afternoon.

She claimed she had to wait 20 to 30 minutes while officers were sent from Southside because the St George's facility is not open round the clock.

Police Commissioner Michael DeSilva responded by saying the station is closed temporarily “from time to time” due to staffing shortages.

He said when that happens, there is a phone that connects to Southside but members of the public should always dial 911 in an emergency. Responding to the story, Sen Dunkley said: “St George's has for years been demanding their police station return to a 24/7 operation. “The urgency of their calls mounted as community security and personal safety diminished in the wake of the police move to Southside.

“The incident in which a mother could not get timely police assistance was one more example of the downside of a government that has not provided the police with the resources to do the job residents want.”

He said he has been approached by members of the public concerned over safety and security and noted: “It's not just us making this call. Local MP Kim Swan and Mayor Kenneth Bascome have also made clear this unequivocal community demand.

“Residents want the station open 24/7. That should be enough for any caring Government to hear.”

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Published September 19, 2011 at 10:00 am (Updated September 19, 2011 at 10:06 am)

Dunkley: Open a St George’s police station

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