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As we pre­pare to hon­our our re­turned ser­vice peo­ple, on An­zac Day, April 24, the Gov­ern­ment an­nounces a boost in po­lice staff across the coun­try. Waikato is set to re­ceive the largest num­ber, 101 po­lice staff. The Mata­mata Po­lice Sta­tion is also to be up­graded to a 24/7 op­er­a­tion over the next fi­nan­cial year, a de­ci­sion which Po­lice Min­is­ter Paula Ben­nett must have dis­cussed with po­lice staff when she vis­ited a cou­ple of weeks ago. Mata­mata is among four bases to be up­graded to a 24/7 re­sponse ca­pa­bil­ity, along with Kaitaia (North­land), Wairoa (East­ern) and Rolle­ston (Can­ter­bury). Neigh­bours Waipa had joined forces with the Wait­omo district to ad­vo­cate for a re­turn to 24/7 policing to cover Cam­bridge and Te Awa­mutu but this looks un­likely in the next four years. Iron­i­cally, Te Kuiti Po­lice Sta­tion is to be up­graded, in 2018/19. Crit­ics are al­ready say­ing this is a pre-elec­tion stunt by Na­tional ahead of the elec­tion, it maybe so, but at least our com­mu­nity ben­e­fits.

Lawrence Gullery

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