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Police and Emergency Services show off new facilities

Duncan Weich
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People were given a chance to see how the new precinct will tick.

The Police section of the Christchurch City Justice Precinct has had its first open day, allowing families behind the scenes access to see what makes the new facilities work.

The 300-million dollar building opened its doors to show off the emergency forces in their element, with Civil Defence abseiling off the roof and K-9 units playing with kids.

The courts had an open day late last year, but this is the first time the police offices have been opened.

Superintendent Lane Todd said about ten-thousand people came to the open day.

"Police were very happy with the turnout, and I'm glad we could show the public how the police work," he said.

Todd said the event gave police a chance to promote themselves, and the open day sparked a lot of interest in the Police careers section, which he says is important, given the governments plans to increase police numbers by over 1100.

He also mentioned how bringing the services together into the CBD is good for the local economy, with centralised jobs bringing business back to local cafes and businesses.

He also thanked the partner organisations who came, praising the demonstrations by St John, Corrections and Civil Defence.

Check out some photos from the event below...