More of­fi­cers promised through in­creased fund­ing

The Southland Times - - National News / Budget 2018 -

The po­lice bud­get will rise by al­most $300 mil­lion over four years, as the Gov­ern­ment at­tempts to bol­ster the front­line.

This means the goal of hir­ing 1800 new front­line staff has not been reached yet. The 2018 bud­get will mean an ex­tra 920 of­fi­cers can be hired in the com­ing year, along with 240 sup­port staff.

‘‘Bud­get 2018 takes the first steps to­wards that. It in­cludes $298.8m in new oper­at­ing fund­ing and $17.8m cap­i­tal for the po­lice over the next four years.

‘‘In ad­di­tion, $159.7m of new fund­ing is pro­vided in 2022/23,’’ Min­is­ter of Po­lice Stu­art Nash said. ‘‘These in­creases en­able the re­cruit­ment of an ex­tra 920 of­fi­cers and 240 sup­port staff to main­tain and build on the 880 of­fi­cers and 245 sup­port staff an­nounced in Bud­get 2017.’’

Po­lice As­so­ci­a­tion vi­cepres­i­dent Craig Tick­elpenny said: ‘‘This $300m com­mit­ment to polic­ing is a se­ri­ous one that is des­per­ately needed to ad­dress the grow­ing pres­sures on front­line 24/7 staff. The front­line should be the first cab off the al­lo­ca­tion rank.

‘‘We have al­ways made it very clear . . . that staffing issues top the list of con­cerns our mem­bers have, and we are pleased our voice has been heard.’’

Op­po­si­tion leader Si­mon Bridges said it was a ‘‘bro­ken prom­ise’’ that po­lice were not get­ting the 1800 straight away.

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