MATT KING, NATIONAL
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.