24 hour po­lice base for north Rod­ney

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A new 24 hour po­lice base is com­ing to Wark­worth or Wells­ford as the Na­tional Gov­ern­ment freeze on the po­lice bud­get is al­lowed to thaw ahead of this year’s election.

Po­lice Min­is­ter Paula Ben­nett an­nounced a $388 mil­lion in­vest­ment in po­lice in Fe­bru­ary, to fight the ris­ing crime rates oc­cur­ring un­der Na­tional’s watch.

It sees an ad­di­tional 880 sworn and 245 non-sworn staff na­tion­wide over four years.

Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Mike Bush an­nounced on Wed­nes­day the numbers each po­lice dis­trict will re­ceive.

At the same time, he an­nounced the lo­ca­tions of 20 new re­sponse bases so 95 per cent of New Zealan­ders live within 25 kilo­me­tres of a 24 hour, seven day a week, po­lice base by 2022.

One will come to Wells­ford or Wark­worth in 2018/19, with the de­ci­sion on which town still to be made.

The ex­ist­ing sta­tion at the town that misses out will re­main, po­lice said.

The Waitem­ata po­lice dis­trict cov­er­ing Rod­ney and the Hibis­cus Coast, Waitakere and North Shore polic­ing ar­eas - will re­ceive 73 new staff over four years, on top of the ex­ist­ing 744, with a first year al­lo­ca­tion of 17.

A fu­ture al­lo­ca­tion of ru­ral staffing has also been made with the in­vest­ment in the Wark­worth/Wells­ford po­lice base in re­sponse to the rapidly in­creas­ing pop­u­la­tion.

It will be up to Dis­trict Com­man­ders to con­sider where the new staff will be placed to tar­get and catch of­fend­ers, pre­vent harm and vic­tim­i­sa­tion and pro­vide a more re­spon­sive po­lice ser­vice to com­mu­ni­ties, Bush said.

In a joint state­ment Waitem­ata Dis­trict Com­man­der Tusha Penny, Auck­land City Dis­trict Com­man­der Karyn Malthus and Coun­ties Manukau Area Com­man­der John Tims an­nounced the Ta­maki Makau­rau Work Pro­gramme that will see the Auck­land re­gion’s three po­lice dis­tricts work­ing to­gether to tackle crime and lift po­lice per­for­mance in a rapidly grow­ing Auck­land.

’’Front­line of­fi­cers will have the abil­ity to be ef­fec­tive in pro­vid­ing the best ser­vice for vic­tims by en­sur­ing they are no longer con­strained by bor­ders within their polic­ing area,’’ the trio said.

The in­vest­ment na­tion­wide also sees 80 more of­fi­cers tasked with or­gan­ised crime and 140 new staff to fo­cus on fam­ily harm, child pro­tec­tion and adult sexual as­sault.

Com­mis­sioner Mike Bush said po­lice have care­fully con­sid­ered where ad­di­tional staff should go.

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