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Plan for 1100 extra police unveiled

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 11/04/2017
<span style="font-size:13px;">Police and the government have unveiled where a planned 1100 new officers will be stationed.</span> © Phil Walter/Getty Images Police and the government have unveiled where a planned 1100 new officers will be stationed.

The country's north looks set to be a big winner in the government's plan to boost police numbers, with dozens of new officers to be allocated to the region, and four police stations there going 24/7.

Police on Wednesday unveiled what they plan to do with 1100 new staff, including 880 sworn officers, that the government has promised as part of a $503 million package over four years.

The plans reveal 66 more officers will be allocated to the Northland region by 2021, a boost of 19 per cent on the current 347 staff.

The Waikato will see the largest nominal increase, with 101 new staff in addition to its 615, while Counties Manukau will get 91 new officers on top of the 1049 it already has.

Every region will see an increase of at least 7 per cent. (See the full list below)

Police Commissioner Mike Bush said the allocation was based on changing crime patterns and population demand.

The first wing of 80 new staff are expected to graduate in October.

As part of the plan, 20 police stations will also go to 24/7 operations, over the next four years - with a target to have 95 per cent of people living within 25 kilometres of an all-night station by 2022.

At least four of those will be in Northland, with the rest spread across the country.

Minister of Police Paula Bennett said police recruit applications were now at a record high and were in January and February double what they were last year.

WHERE WILL THE NEW OFFICERS GO?

* Northland: 66 - currently 347

* Waitemata: 72- currently 744

* Auckland City: 72 - currently 811

* Counties Manukau: 91 - currently 1049

* Waikato: 101 - currently 615

* Bay of Plenty: 69 - currently 671

* Eastern Districts: 68 - currently 423

* Central North Island: 67 - currently 673

* Wellington: 62- currently 776

* Tasman: 24- currently 318

* Canterbury: 70 - currently 868

* Southern Districts: 37 - currently 557

* Organised Crime Unit: 80.

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