3 Jul 2012

City site earmarked for $230m police centre

A new $230 million Victoria Police complex will be built in Melbourne’s CBD, it has been revealed today.
Police Minister Peter Ryan and Acting Chief Commissioner Tim Cartwright announced that the new complex would be built on the corner La Trobe and Spencer streets in the city.

The 27,000 square metre complex will become home to the Crime Department, Intelligence and Covert Support Department, and the Melbourne West Police station.

It is due to be complete in 2015 and will accommodate 1600 police and staff.

St Kilda Road will shut down its crime department headquarters and relocate to the new building. However the 24-hour police station at St Kilda Road will remain open.

Mr Cartwright said the new location is closer to Etihad Stadium and provided better access to the legal and courts precinct, freeways and public transport.

The complex will be built on the site of the former Australia Post Mail Centre.

Police Minister Peter Ryan said the 12-storey complex would provide a more central policing location for quicker deployment of officers to the city’s west.

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