Police are treating a fire at the Coromandel Police station as suspicious.
The officer in charge of the Coromandel Police station was woken by a neighbour at about 3.45am on Friday 22 April and told the Police Station was on fire. The officer extinguished the fire himself using the station fire hose.
The Coromandel township Police Station is located in front of the Constable's house. There are two Constables stationed in the town.
The building suffered minor damage to the exterior cladding.
"We are lucky the neighbour raised the alarm when he did", said Senior Sergeant Graham Shields of the Thames / Coromandel Police.
'If the fire had been allowed to burn for much longer it could have taken hold and the entire building could have been destroyed" he said.
There was no one in the building at the time of the fire.
Mr Shields said the attack was intended to intimidate the whole town, not just the Police.
"The Coromandel area has experienced an increase in burglary and drug related offending in recent months and we have been making some good arrests in response. This shows that the staff in Coromandel have been shaking the right trees and making things uncomfortable for criminals in the area. We won't be discouraged", said Mr Shields.
Police are keen to hear from anyone with information about the fire or who may have been in the area at the time.
Those calls can be made to the Thames Police on 07 867 9600 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.