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.’’

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