New local cop shop

Local police will have an even greater presence in the CBD, after last month moving into their new Spencer St headquarters.

Officers from the Melbourne West Police Station, which oversees the western end of the CBD to Elizabeth St, moved into the new headquarters on May 12.

The east side of the CBD will continue to be covered by City East Police Station in Flinders Lane near Swanston St.

The branch had been based at the Victorian Police Centre on Flinders St since 1995 and, according to station commander, Sen-Sgt Mick Wilmott, the new station will provide greater accessibility for the public.

Sen-Sgt Wilmott said the ground floor 24-hour station would provide a more central location for residents and visitors to the city.

“Not only does the location of the new station make it easy to find for the community but it makes it a much more central location for our police covering the Melbourne West area,” he said.

Apart from greater local accessibility, the built-to-purpose tower also has inbuilt security features including bollards, barriers at garage entrances and an elevated floor level making it impossible for anyone to drive up to the entrance to the building.

As well as the Melbourne West Police Station, the building will also house the state’s largest Crime Investigation Unit, Crime Scene Services, the Divisional Intelligence Unit, the Divisional Response Unit, the Sexual Offences and Child Investigation Team and Bicycle Patrol Unit.

Employees from Crime and Intelligence commands, North West Metropolitan Headquarters and Forensic Services will also be moving from current offices on St Kilda Road and Flinders St.

Work on the 12-storey police complex at Spencer Street began in 2012 and the building will be officially opened next month.

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