Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Allocation Takes Police Staffing To Over 10,500

31 May 2006

Allocation Takes Police Staffing To Over 10,500

New Zealand Police National News Release

A total of 458 new police staff have been allocated as the first part of a three year Government programme to roll out an additional 1,250 sworn and non-sworn staff.

The injection of new positions will take the targeted number of police staff to 10,515 in the next financial year.

In announcing the allocations today the Commissioner of Police, Howard Broad, indicated that all twelve districts had received an increase in frontline positions.

"The top priority in this first year is to boost frontline staff north of Taupo. This is reflected in a total of 185 staff being allocated to the three Auckland Police districts.

"The new frontline staff in Auckland will include the employment of 32 non-sworn staff as crime scene attendants. Crime scene attendants will enhance the level of service provided to victims of crimes and free up sworn officers to deal with emergency response and other high priority calls for service.

"The Auckland district commanders for North Shore Waitakere, Auckland City, Counties Manukau and the Commander of Auckland Metropolitan Crime and Operations Support will determine the detailed deployment of staff as they see fit."

Mr Broad said that new community policing staff would be established in the Wellington (10), Central (10) and Canterbury (5) districts to trial new initiatives aimed at reducing levels of offending

"The exact nature of the structure, work and inter-relationship of the new community positions with current community constables and other frontline police is under development and will be announced in due course," said Mr Broad.

The Commissioner said that around 51 road policing staff (sworn and non-sworn) would also be distributed throughout the country from funding provided through the National Land Transport Fund. The new staff would increase road policing attendance at crash scenes, thereby freeing up general duties officers for other crime work. Police presence on urban arterial routes would also be enhanced.

Mr Broad said that most policing groups would benefit from an injection of sworn and/or non-sworn staff. For example, the Training Service Centre would be boosted by 22 members in order to provide additional capability to meet the rising numbers of recruits who will be trained at the Royal New Zealand Police College.

The Commissioner said that further allocations of staff would be made in 2007 and 2008 to fully implement the Government's resourcing initiative. He said that geographical and functional requirements as well as service demand would continue to be factors to be considered by the Police Executive when making decisions around the deployment of new staff.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Charlotte Graham: Empowering Communities To Act In A Disaster

The year of record-breaking natural disasters means that in the US, as in New Zealand, there’s a conversation happening about how best to run the emergency management sector and what philosophies best engage and protect communities in the event of a crisis.

How much of the responsibility for a community’s safety in a natural disaster is the Government’s, and how much can be left up to the community themselves? And how do we ensure none of our most vulnerable residents are left behind? More>>


CPAG Report: The Further Fraying Of The Welfare Safety Net

New Zealand’s welfare system has undergone a major transformation during the past three decades. This process has seriously thwarted the original intent of the system, which was to provide a decent standard of living for all New Zealanders in times of need... More>>


Signage, Rumble Strips, Barriers: Boost For State Highway Road Safety

Boost for road safety this summer Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter today announced a short term boost in road safety funding this summer and signalled a renewed focus from the Government on introducing safer speed limits. More>>


Risks & Adaptation: Cheaper To Cut Emissions Than Deal With Climate Change

The cost of climate change to New Zealand is still unknown, but a group of experts tasked with plugging the country's information gaps says it will likely be significant and it would be cheaper to cut greenhouse emissions than simply adapting to those changes. More>>


BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>





Featured InfoPages