ICY conditions played havoc with Chifley Police District's command bus last week after the van lost power when its electrical circuit tripped.
The bus, parked outside Bathurst police station, currently houses police for community contact while public access to the station is cut-off during a multi-million dollar refurbishment. Its tenure began four weeks ago and is expected to be used for another two weeks.
Acting Superintendent Bruce Grassick confirmed the bus was out of action last week for a short period during the loss of power but had now reopened for business.
But Supt Grassick still urged the public to avoid going to station at present and instead report crimes by phone, online or via CrimeStoppers.
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"In relation to the current Public Health Orders, everyone is being urged to stay at home and stay safe. Wherever possible do your business from home," he said.
"Police are here and continuing to support the community. If police are required we will be there."
Supt Grassick said reassured the public that all inquiries and reports of crime were dealt with equally in priority when lodged via alternative methods.
"At this stage of the refurbishment we're asking people to work with us in reducing foot traffic," he said.
He said this can be done by making inquiries and reporting crime via alternative methods. All reports are prioritised in the same manner so the community can be assured local police will deliver the same level of care with their concerns.
Supt Grassick said community members should call Triple-0 in an emergency such when a life is in danger, a crime is in progress and when the event is time-critical.
Alternatively, they can phone Bathurst police station on 6332 8699, the Police Assistance Line on 131 444 or make a report online at portal.police.nsw.gov.au.
If you are a victim of crime, other than in an emergency situation, you should contact the NSW Police Assistance Line (131 444) or report online through the NSW Police Force Community Portal.
If you want to report criminal activity, call Crime Stoppers by phoning 1800 333 000 or online via nsw.crimestoppers.com.au
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