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Police have announced how 14 new constabulary staff will be allocated throughout the Central Police District over the next 12 months, says Jonathan Young MP.

“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.

 Included in this announcement are three staff allocated to Waitara as part of the Public Safety team

“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. Central Police District will see a total increase of 67 staff over this time, and 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.”

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