New Zealand Police have announced where new frontline officers will be based as part of the Government’s Safer Communities package.
In February the Government announced $503 million for the Safer Communities package, which includes 1125 additional Police staff over four years. Sworn officers will account for 880 of the staff with 140 of those to be based in regional and rural communities and 80 to focus on organised crime.
For the number allocated to each district see Police Minister Paula Bennett’s press release (external link) .
As part of the Safer Communities package, there will also be a 24/7 Police presence in 20 more regional and rural communities.
The Police stations which will get an officer on duty 24/7 include Kaitaia, Matamata, Wairoa, Rolleston, Kaikohe/Kerikeri*, Warkworth/Wellsford, Taumarunui, Te Kuiti, Thames, Balclutha, Dannevirke/Waipukurau*, Dargaville, Helensville, Stratford, Motueka, Wanaka, Marton, Alexandra, Southland Rural* and Tasman Rural* (*decisions on the exact location of these police bases are still to be made).
Safer Communities also includes a single non-emergency phone number and 12 mobile police stations.
- Read more about the Safer Communities package (external link)
- Minister’s press release (external link)