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Police have announced how new constabulary staff will be allocated throughout the Waikato police districts over the next 12 months, says local MP Louise Upston.

“The National led-Government is investing $503 million as part of our Safer Communities package to provide new staff and associated policing services across the country.

There will be 24 new staff for Waikato Police District, which takes in the Cambridge area.

For Cambridge this means two additional officers for emergency response and volume crime by October.

“The additional staff will help Police to make a difference in our community, particularly in targeting serious high end offending, such as child abuse and sexual assault,” Ms Upston says.

“The allocation decisions have been made by District Commanders, based on crime patterns and police demand across the region.

“This is just the allocation for the first of four years. Waikato Police District will see a total increase of 101 staff and will allocate the remaining staff over the following three years based on need.    

“The National-led Government is focused on delivering a more responsive police service, prevent harm and victimisation, resolve more crimes, and more effectively target crime in our community.

“Twelve new mobile police stations will also be set up around New Zealand, and we’ll be setting new challenging targets for police including 98 per cent of home burglaries attended within 48 hours and one minute faster emergency response times.

“The first recruits will start police college next month and be on the beat in October,” Ms Upston says.

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