Location of additional police officers announced for Bay of Plenty

Electorate news
Friday, June 9, 2017

Police have announced how new constabulary staff will be allocated throughout the Bay of Plenty 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.

The Bay of Plenty police district, which includes Putaruru, Tokoroa, Taupo and Turangi, will gain 15 staff in the next 12 months.

For the area this means:

  • One new Sergeant and two Constables for the Tactical Crime Unit in Taupo.
  • One new Child Protection Team position in Tokoroa.

“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. Bay of Plenty Police District will gain 69 extra staff over this time, 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.