Ex­tra po­lice for Coun­ties Manukau

Papakura Courier - - FRONT PAGE - STAFF RE­PORTER

Po­lice in South Auck­land will get the se­cond high­est num­ber of new of­fi­cers in the coun­try.

As part of the Gov­ern­ment’s $503 mil­lion ‘Safer Com­mu­ni­ties’ pack­age, sworn po­lice staff num­bers will in­crease by 880 over four years.

The Coun­ties Manukau po­lice district will re­ceive 91 new con­sta­bles over that pe­riod, just un­der Waikato’s 101.

The district’s four policing areas spread from Man­gere in the west to How­ick in the east and fur­ther south to Pukekohe.

Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Mike Bush made the an­nounce­ment on April 12.

‘‘We have care­fully con­sid­ered where the ad­di­tional 880 staff should go and where they will make the most dif­fer­ence,’’ he says.

‘‘Our al­lo­ca­tion model has taken into ac­count chang­ing crime pat­terns, in­creased de­mand and pop­u­la­tion growth.’’

Bush says the first phase will see 220 con­stab­u­lary staff re­cruited.

The first re­cruits, Wing 308, will start train­ing on July 10. Eighty re­cruits will grad­u­ate by Oc­to­ber this year be­fore be­ing posted to their district.

Just where the new of­fi­cers for Coun­ties Manukau will go is still to be de­cided.

Auck­land’s other po­lice dis­tricts - Auck­land City and Waitem­ata - will have 72 and 73 of­fi­cers.

JARRED WIL­LIAMSON / FAIRFAX NZ

Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Mike Bush an­nounced Coun­ties Manukau will get 91 ex­tra po­lice of­fi­cers over four years.

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