Seven new po­lice for Mata­mata

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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.

REXINE HAWES

The Mata­mata Po­lice force will in­crease by seven un­der the Gov­ern­ment’s Safer Com­mu­ni­ties Pack­age

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