Undercover cops?

It may not look like it, but this building is soon expected to become the CBD’s first purpose-built police station since the 1940s.

Work is expected to start soon to transform 202 Bourke St into a state-of-the-art police station to replace Melbourne East Police Station in Flinders Lane.

The building is expected to be gutted and rebuilt internally to exacting designs demanded by 21st century policing.

The new station is expected to be of a similar standard to the Melbourne West police complex at 313 Spencer St in Docklands.

Melbourne East police have been operating out of a converted office building at 226 Flinders Lane since the turn of the century.

The last time a police facility was built-for-purpose in the CBD was during the 1940s when the Russell St headquarters was built.

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