6 June 2024

Damaged water main forces closure of another ACT Policing building

| Claire Fenwicke
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Various weapons on a table

Surrendered and seized weapons are destroyed at Mitchell AFP facility. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

ACT Policing’s warehouse for seized items, surrendered firearms and lost property has been temporarily closed to the public following damage to the building.

A statement outlined the water main to the Exhibit Management Centre in Mitchell (which includes the ACT Firearms Registry) was damaged on Wednesday (5 June) and water supply to the building was impacted.

“Efforts are being made to fix the damaged main as quickly as possible. However, no return date has been confirmed,” an ACT Policing statement read.

“We will provide further information when it is available.”

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More than 40 per cent of ACT Policing’s infrastructure is offline.

Parts of the City Police Station were closed earlier this year due to water damage and repairs are ongoing.

The Gungahlin Joint Emergency Services Centre (JESC) was evacuated of staff in February following the detection of lead and diesel particulates.

A report found no risk of exposure to staff or volunteers.

The re-opening of this building is imminent.

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Property and vehicle collections from the Exhibit Management Centre have been suspended for now, but the ACT Policing Property Office can still be contacted on (02) 5126 9074.

People who wish to retrieve their items held by police will have to wait until the facility is re-opened.

While those seeking to surrender firearms, or have questions in relation to firearms licence renewals, firearms inspections or appointments with the firearms registry should contact the ACT Firearms Registry on (02) 5126 9076 or ACTFirearmsRegistry@afp.gov.au.

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Vladimir Lenin12:22 am 08 Jun 24

I heard that the reason they’re not taking firearms licence requests anymore is because there was a cyber attack and they no longer have access to the database.

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