Police Station to re-open at Sturt, South Australia

Sturt Police Station, on Sturt Road at Bedford Park, will re-open to the public at 9am next Wednesday (23 October).

The police station has been closed, both for public access and as a police patrol base, since July when it was evacuated due to cracking in the building.

Staff, vehicles and equipment were moved to a range of other locations while the building was inspected, assessed and then repaired.

Assistant Commissioner Paul Dickson today thanked the SA Police employees, and wider community impacted by the temporary closure, for their patience during this period.

“The reports have determined the cracking was caused by the soil movement due to moisture level variations in the highly reactive clay present on the site, and did not impact the major structural elements of the building,” he said.

“Full independent structural and engineering assessments have been undertaken which found the major structural elements of the building are sound, however there was damage to some lightweight internal elements – such as walls and door frames.

“In the wake of the reports, a plan was developed for the undertaking of repair work to allow for a return of services and workers to the building.

“All appropriate information has been shared with staff over the last few weeks, while they have continued serving the public in Adelaide’s south from temporary locations.”

To ensure ongoing front counter services for the public, the opening hours at the nearby Netley Police Station were extended, but will return to normal business hours from 9am on Wednesday (23 October), while Sturt Police Station will be open to the public from 9am to 9pm, seven days a week.

Assistant Commissioner Dickson said the workforce, including patrols, traffic, Crime Scene Investigators, Police Security and other Southern Operations sections, would be returning to the Sturt facility on Wednesday (23 October) once the repair work and cleaning is completed.

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