A $7 million refurbishment is set to give the 43-year-old Launceston Police Station a new lease on life.
Designed to help Tasmania bounce back from the economic hit inflicted by COVID-19 and improve the home of police in Launceston, the refurbishment was announced on Thursday as part of a $3.1 billion state government construction plan.
An internal redevelopment, asbestos removal and upgrades to amenities and security infrastructure will form parts of the refurbishment.
Tasmania Police Northern Commander Brett Smith said the refurbishment was needed because Launceston now had one of the oldest police stations in the state.
"It was designed at a time when 120 people were working here," Commander Smith explained.
"We've now got 210 staff."
Commander Smith said the refurbishment would take into account the changing nature of police work and the impact of evolving technology.
"In many respects police cars are the modern day police station, because of the higher standards of equipment and capability and capacity we have.
"Before, particularly when the station was designed, we operated a bit like homing pigeons. Get a job, go out and do it and come back. You had to come back and do the paperwork because we used to typewriters, then we had desktop computers which weren't mobile.
"Static office space in the current format, with people with individual desks and work spaces, is not needed in some areas."
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More spaces for a growing number of uniformed staff to gather for briefings and for forensics experts to do their work was needed, Commander Smith said.
"The current work spaces, where work areas are located, have all been located elsewhere in the building and we've just moved them around.
"This now presents us an opportunity to build the right areas for our people where we can and that'll help us."
The station benefited from a smaller refurbishment in 2006 and officers felt "motivated and buoyed" by the new funding announcement.
"We've already done some concept planning and that'll no doubt grow over the coming months," Commander Smith said.
"We will get input from our staff along the way so that we're fully informed. We've already started that process as of today, we're not mucking around with this, we're not waiting to be told what to do. We're trying to get on the front foot.
"This will be more than just new carpet, blinds and a lick of paint."
Police Minister Mark Shelton said the refurbishment would create much needed jobs as the economy was brought back to life.
"It will provide police officers and the community with modern, fit for purpose premises well into the future," Mr Shelton said.
"I wish to take this opportunity to thank all of our 1325 police officers in Tasmania for the fantastic job that they do in protecting us and keeping us safe."