Ten new constables for Wellington will fight gangs and crime

News from NZ Police
Acting Wellington District Commander , Superintendent Steve Kehoe, today announced how 10 new constabulary staff will be allocated throughout the Wellington district during the next 12 months in the first of four years of additional constabulary numbers.

During the next four years, it is planned for Wellington district to receive a total of 62
new constabulary staff.

The majority of the first year allocation will be used to establish a high priority
offenders unit to focus on gang activity and associated organised crime. These new staff and associated policing services will begin to be introduced from 1 July as part of the Government’s four year $388 million Safer Communities investment in Police, announced by the Prime Minister in February.

The 10 staff will be allocated in Year One as follows:

8 will form a new high priority offenders unit to targeting prolific and priority
offenders across the Wellington region.

2 in the Wairarapa as part of a network of rural duties officers.

Superintendent Kehoe says decisions around where these staff will be allocated takes into account factors such as changing crime patterns and areas of increasing demand in the Wellington district.

“These additional officers will be used to target and catch offenders, prevent harm
and victimisation and provide a more responsive Police service to the community.

“The High Priority Offenders Unit will build on the recent success of Operation
Walnut, which saw 14 arrests made, $500,000 of cash recovered, and $2.3m of
illegally obtained assets restrained. By disrupting and dismantling criminal networks we will reduce harm across our communities.

“Our Rural Community Policing Team will build on the work of the existing Rural
Community Constable. The team will work with communities in the Wairarapa to
come up with sustainable ways to prevent crime and victimization.”

News from NZ Police
Commissioner Mike Bush today confirmed how the first tranche of new constabulary staff will be allocated throughout New Zealand during the next 12 months as part of the Government’s four-year, $388 million Safer Communities Package.

From 1 July 2017, 178 staff will be allocated to the 12 Districts; 31 to the Royal New Zealand Police College (RNZPC) to support increased recruitment efforts; and 11 new staff will be deployed to focus on national and international organised crime.

Nationally, Police will see an increase of 880 sworn and 245 non-sworn staff over four years. Sworn staff will be recruited during the next four years from July 2017, with approximately 220 new additional recruits added per year.

Location Year One (2017/18) constabulary allocation
Northland 20
Tamaki Makaurau (Waitemata, Auckland City and Counties Manukau districts 56
Waikato 24
Bay of Plenty 15
Eastern 19
Central 14
Wellington 10
Tasman 5
Canterbury 10
Southern 4
Organised Crime 11
RNZPC 31
TOTAL 220

“Allocations have been agreed with District Commanders, taking into account projected population growth, changing crime patterns and areas of increasing demand,” says Commissioner Bush.

“These additional officers will be used to target and catch offenders, prevent harm and victimisation and provide a more responsive Police service to the community.”

In April this year, Commissioner Bush outlined how all regions of New Zealand would be boosted by additional Police staff and policing services (including 24/7 police presence in 20 regional areas; additional resources for rural policing; reducing family harm; and fighting organised crime).

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