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Review after cop bashed at police station

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 9/05/2016

(File) © Getty Images (File) Police are stepping up security in Hamilton after an officer had his cheek broken at the city's central police station.

The officer was injured after a scuffle developed with a man who was acting erratically at the front counter Sunday around 8pm.

The officer was taken to hospital and is now recovering at home.

A 20-year-old man has been arrested and will appear in Hamilton District Court on Tuesday charged with injuring with intent, wounding with intent and burglary.

The station's front counter will now be closed from 7pm until 7am each day while a safety review is carried out.

Waikato District Commander Superintendent Bruce Bird said the safety of staff and visitors was of paramount importance.

"While we want to make our front counters areas where the public can visit, we must also ensure that these are safe places for the public and for our staff to work."

Last month a review revealed a number of stations needed immediate action to increase security, which in some cases involved limiting public access.

The Hamilton incident follows an assault on a police employee at Counties Manukau station last month.

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