More police on way for the Bay of Plenty district
Over the next four years the Bay of Plenty Police District is set to receive up to 80 of the extra 880 new sworn officers entering the New Zealand Police.
The extra police are funded by the Safer Communities package, announced by the Government in April.
In year one the district, which covers from Katikati to Turangi, incorporating the Western and Eastern Bay of Plenty, Rotorua and Taupo policing areas, will receive 15 of those.
Taupo Police Area Commander Inspector Warwick Morehu said the Taupo policing area is set to get four, in year one, but that’s four more than he anticipated.
‘‘I actually prepared my management team to receive none of those because Western Bay of Plenty is growing [a lot] and all that comes with it,’’ he said.
‘‘We are thankful about [getting 69 to 80 in the district over four years] but in saying that we are one of the districts that is well under the pump.’’
He said the new staff will be assigned to a tactical crime unit to help combat the likes of methamphetamine which he described as one of the main problems the district was facing.
‘‘The commissioner has made it one of his priorities.’’