New strat­egy gets po­lice out on street

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Porirua po­lice staff could be ‘‘re­leased’’ from front counter and data en­try po­si­tions as a new strat­egy is rolled out na­tion­wide.

Con­trary to pre­vi­ous me­dia re­ports how­ever, Kapiti Mana’s area com­man­der John Price says jobs are not on the line. In­stead, they are look­ing to use ‘‘ex­ist­ing re­sources to cre­ate ef­fi­cien­cies’’.

It has been pro­posed that 24/7 call cen­tres in Lower Hutt and Welling­ton be es­tab­lished, han­dling non-ur­gent calls to po­lice, in a move to free up more of­fi­cers to be on the street. Changes would im­prove con­sis­tency and qual­ity, Mr Price says.

Un­der the new sys­tem, the public would re­port bur­glar­ies and car break-ins over the phone, rather than visit a sta­tion.

Forms would be sent out and fin­ger-print­ing or­gan­ised by the call cen­tre.

It has led to con­cerns that staff could be re­lo­cated and smaller sta­tions would get run down.

But Mr Price says the new ‘‘Preven­tion First Strat­egy’’ en­ables crimes to be pro­cessed more quickly.

‘‘The im­ple­men­ta­tion of [the file man­age­ment cen­tre] is a pos­i­tive, proac­tive im­ple­men­ta­tion that con­trib­utes to the dis­trict re­quire­ment to re-in­vest front­line staff to pre­vent crime and crashes.

‘‘The change will also pro­vide sig­nif­i­cant op­por­tu­ni­ties for de­vel­op­ment and ca­reer pro­gres­sion that was pre­vi­ously un­avail­able.’’

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