MATT KING, NA­TIONAL

The Bay Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE -

Na­tional is mak­ing a com­mit­ment that the re­gions, and ru­ral ar­eas will have of­fi­cers on call 24/7. Ninety five per cent of New Zealan­ders will have a round the clock po­lice pres­ence within 25km. Our half-a-bil­lion dol­lar Safer Com­mu­ni­ties pack­age tar­gets of­fend­ers to en­sure they are off our streets. We’re boost­ing po­lice staff by 1125, in­clud­ing 880 ex­tra front­line of­fi­cers. Across the coun­try this equates to a 10 per cent in­crease but in North­land we are get­ting al­most twice that at a 19 per cent in­crease equat­ing to 66 ex­tra po­lice. We also com­mit­ted to hav­ing Kaitaia and Kaikohe hav­ing 24 hour cov­er­age over the next four years. Be­ing a for­mer de­tec­tive I am 100 per cent com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing our North­land po­lice are re­sourced prop­erly.

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