The number of police on the rhythm in Northland is expected to increase by 25 percent, the second largest increase in each district in the country.
The top agent of the country, commissioner Mike Bush, announced yesterday that the thin blue line was nationally boosted by 1,800 frontline officers, thanks to an additional $ 299 million assigned to the police in the 2018 budget.
Northland is in line to get 87 of those new officers, a 25 percent lift on the current 348 front line corps of the region.
Larger police zones get more new officers than Northland counties Manukau get for example 137 – but only Eastern District, which covers East Cape and Hawke & # 39; s Bay, gets a bigger percentage increase.
The previous government promised last year to increase Northland police ratings by 66. Yesterday this was announced by the current government.
The new employees will get to the rhythm in 2023, possibly faster if the recruitment goes well and the next year's budget offers a further increase in funding.
Northland's deputy district commander, inspector Justin Rogers, welcomed the impulse and said that this would enable the police to do more to prevent crime and victimization, to catch offenders, to break burglaries and other crimes, and to prevent the access of improve the public to the police.
It would also mean better child protection and assistance for victims of sexual assault, and more staff to target organized crime and continue the fight against methamphetamine.
Northland would also get a Precision Targeting Team that targets the most productive offenders, and a Task Force for Serious and Organized Crimes to fight gang-related crime.
& # 39; & # 39; We will deploy these new employees when they come on board to ensure that Northland people and visitors in the area are safe and feel safe, & Rogers said.
In the coming weeks, each district would decide where these new officers would be deployed.
The promise of last year to increase the number of police officers came after nine years of frozen police budgets. Smaller stations such as Paihia and Kawakawa were demoted and the Police Academy claimed that Northland had the worst shortage of police officers in the country and that some officers & # 39; & # 39; were ready to fall over & # 39; & # 39; from stress and long hours.
A large number of murders, gang crimes and youth drama in Kaikohe put Northland in the spotlight and threatened to transform the police force into an electoral problem.
Kaikohe Community Patrol coordinator Joe Nol welcomed the boost from yesterday.
& # 39; The more police you have and the more they have around the clock, the more likely criminals are caught, & # 39; he said.
Northland National MP Matt King, a former policeman, also welcomed the increase, but wondered if it could be realized in 2023 as promised.
& # 39; & # 39; I doubt that they will be able to provide 1800 front-line policemen in the set timetable without dropping the standards for recruitment. & # 39; & # 39;
King was also worried that many of the new functions were being filled by new recruits who were then placed in dangerous situations, such as the recent chase at Ninety Mile Beach where shots were fired without support from experienced front officers.
Bush said that 1280 of the new staff would be deployed in the districts, while the other 520 would be national roles focusing on high-level organized crime, drug trafficking and cybercrime.
"A large part of this package is the unprecedented investment to combat the damage caused by organized crime, gangs and the supply of methamphetamine in our communities," he said.
Decisions on how the 1800 positions were divided had taken into account feedback from front-line staff, expected population growth and changing crime patterns.
New policemen on number
• 87 new policemen for Northland (25 percent increase)
• 455 new national police officers for emergency relief on the front line
• 325 new police officers in prevention-oriented positions
• 121 agents in new Precision Targeting Teams to stop serious repeat offenders
• 187 new researchers for complex cases, including sexual violence and child protection
• 500 researchers engaged in organized crime, financial and cyber crime
• 146 researchers for new Serious and Organized Crime Taskforces
• 54 new officers for crime and drug prevention
• 12 new training employees at Police College