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Ru­ral Women New Zealand wel­comes the Gov­ern­ment’s an­nounce­ment of more po­lice. RWNZ’s na­tional pres­i­dent Fiona Gower says the in­vest­ment be­ing made in polic­ing, es­pe­cially for ru­ral and re­mote com­mu­ni­ties is great. ’’Safety for ru­ral res­i­dents, prop­erty and stock is paramount in iso­lated farm­ing ar­eas. An in­crease in po­lice num­bers should lead to in­creased pres­ence in ru­ral ar­eas that are strug­gling with crime, such as bur­glary, drugs and fam­ily vi­o­lence.’’ Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Mike Bush has said the in­crease of 1125 new po­lice staff in­cludes 880 of­fi­cers in front­line roles.

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