Seven new police for Matamata
Matamata’s police force will increase by seven under the Government’s Safer Communities Package.
Police announced how 24 new constabulary staff will be allocated throughout the Waikato Police District over the next 12 months.
National MP for Waikato Lindsay Tisch says the National led-Government is investing $503 million as part of the Safer Communities package to provide new staff and associated policing services across the country.
For the Waikato electorate, this includes seven new staff to focus on the Matamata 24/7 response base.
‘‘The allocation decisions have been made by District Commanders, based on crime patterns and police demand across the region,’’ says Tisch.
‘‘This is just the allocation for the first of four years.
‘‘Waikato Police District will see a total increase of 101 staff over this time, and allocate the remaining staff over the following three years based on need.
‘‘The National-led Government is focused on delivering a more responsive police service, prevent harm and victimisation, resolve more crimes, and more effectively target crime in our community.
‘‘Twelve new mobile police stations will also be set up around New Zealand, and we’ll be setting new challenging targets for police including 98 per cent of home burglaries attended within 48 hours and one minute faster emergency response times.
‘‘The first recruits will start police college next month and be on the beat in October.’’
Matamata’s officer in charge Blair Hayde says it is good news for Matamata.
‘‘I am excited about transforming into a 24-hour station and being able to offer a 24/7 service.
‘‘We will see six extra constables and another sergeant based here and we are busy preparing the station and recruiting people into our district right now.
‘‘Whilst the actual date is a work in progress, the funding starts from July 1.
‘‘We already have plenty of interest from officers currently working outside of our area.’’
He says the package will also benefit Cambridge, who will get two more constables and be a further boost for our area.
The Matamata Police force will increase by seven under the Government’s Safer Communities Package