The principal objective of the Police Kiosk volunteers has been and is to act as a link between the Police and the community.
Discussions were entered into with the Christchurch local authorities and other interested parties.The then Police Commissioner,John Jamieson,put forward some ideas on community policing that he had accumulated from his overseas study experience and the final outcome was the building and fitting-out of the Community Police Office in Cathedral Square.(Now commonly referred to as the Cathedral Square Police Kiosk).The cost of the building and its fittings was met almost entirely by donation.
Prior to opening,a Co-ordinator was appointed along with 60 volunteers.The Police were given the task of administering the office which was officially opened by the then Minister of Police,Dame Anne Hercus,on 27 August 1986.The office was staffed entirely by civilian volunteers working four hour shifts seven days a week.
Day to day operation
Monthly averages revealed that volunteers were fielding hundreds of telephone calls,completing documentation for considerable numbers of lost property incidences and providing the public with assistance in a wide-ranging number of situations.
Feedback from people who had reason to visit the kiosk clearly demonstrated that the high profile,easily accessible,Cathedral Square location of the building gave them a sense of security and allowed them to feel that the Square was an area they could venture into without the trepidation they may have previously experienced.
The Kiosk today has in excess of 120 volunteers who give of their time on a regular basis.26 shifts operate each week,from Monday to Sunday,with 2 volunteers on each shift.Many of these people have served the community in this way for over 10 years.