In­vest­ing in safer com­mu­ni­ties

Franklin County News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - AN­DREW BAYLY, HUNUA MP

In his first ma­jor an­nounce­ment this year, Prime Min­is­ter Bill English has un­veiled a sig­nif­i­cant Gov­ern­ment in­vest­ment in po­lice and the wider jus­tice sec­tor to re­duce crime and keep our com­mu­ni­ties safe.

This is good news for the Hunua elec­torate.

The $503 mil­lion Safer Com­mu­ni­ties pack­age will pro­vide an ex­tra 1125 po­lice staff, in­clud­ing 880 sworn po­lice of­fi­cers.

All po­lice dis­tricts across the coun­try will re­ceive ex­tra front­line of­fi­cers with the po­lice de­cid­ing how many will go where, based on need. The first re­cruits will be­gin train­ing in July and hit the beat in Novem­ber.

For our Hunua com­mu­ni­ties, the ad­di­tional re­sources pro­vided to re­solve more crime and tar­get crim­i­nal gangs and or­gan­ised crime will keep of­fend­ers off the streets.

All po­lice dis­tricts in New Zealand will re­ceive ex­tra front­line of­fi­cers, and 95 per cent of New Zealan­ders will have around the clock po­lice pres­ence within 25km.

Across New Zealand the 880 ex­tra front­line po­lice of­fi­cers will work in ar­eas where they are most needed. This in­cludes 500 to go out on the beat and into com­mu­nity polic­ing.

Those of­fi­cers will im­prove the speed of po­lice to at­tend emer­gen­cies.

They will also fo­cus on youth of­fend­ing, bur­glar­ies, and com­mu­nity crime.

There will be more spe­cial­ist in­ves­ti­ga­tors in the ar­eas of child pro­tec­tion, sex­ual as­sault, and fam­ily vi­o­lence. In ad­di­tion, more of­fi­cers will tar­get or­gan­ised crime, gangs and drugs.

Know­ing there’s a nearby po­lice pres­ence at all times is some­thing our com­mu­nity ex­pects.

From next year there will be a non-emer­gency num­ber on which peo­ple in cities, the re­gions, and ru­ral ar­eas can reach po­lice of­fi­cers 24/7.

The num­ber will run along­side the 111 emer­gency call cen­tre.

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The $503 mil­lion Safer Com­mu­ni­ties pack­age will pro­vide an ex­tra 1125 staff.

An­drew Bayly

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