Extra investment in regional police welcomed

Electorate news
Friday, February 3, 2017

Cambridge will benefit from a significant Government investment in police and the wider justice sector to reduce crime and keep our communities safe, says MP for Taupo Louise Upston.

“Knowing there’s a nearby police presence at all times is something our community expects,” says Ms Upston.

“So National is making a commitment that people in cities, the regions and rural areas will have officers they can call on 24/7. Ninety-five per cent of New Zealanders will have an around the clock police presence within 25km.

“Communities such as Cambridge can be assured that the Government has listened to their concerns about policing in smaller centres. I presented a petition from the people of Cambridge on this issue to Parliament last year,” Ms Upston says.

“I've worked hard to ensure your voice has been heard. This is a great result and I'd like to thank the petition organisers Susie Fez and Philip Coles for their efforts.

“Our $503 million Safer Communities package announced today unashamedly targets offenders to ensure they are off our streets by providing additional resources to resolve more crime and target criminal gangs and organised crime.  

“We’re boosting police staff by 1125, including 880 extra frontline officers, with all police districts across the country getting more sworn officers. Police will decide how many will go where, based on need.

“Five hundred of those frontline police will go on the beat and into community policing. They’ll improve the speed of police to attend emergencies and also focus on youth offending, burglaries and community crime.

“Another 140 officers will focus on regional and rural policing, meaning 95 per cent of New Zealanders are within 25km of 24/7 police support, every day of the year.

“We want police attending home burglaries more quickly, seizing more assets from organised crime, reducing deaths from family violence and reducing reoffending by Maori,” Ms Upston says.