Investing in safer communities
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.