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Police have announced 15 new constabulary staff will be allocated across the Tasman and Canterbury Police Districts over the next 12 months, says Kaikōura MP Stuart Smith.

 “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.”

In the first year, the Tasman Police District will gain five staff, and the Canterbury Police District will  gain 10 to focus on emergency response, tactical operations, and youth offending. Both districts fall into the Kaikōura Electorate.

“The additional police staff will help make a difference to these two regions and will boost existing police capacity to have a bigger impact on crime,” Mr Smith 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. The Tasman Police District will see a total increase of 24 staff over this time, and the Canterbury Police District will see a total increase of 70 staff. More officers will be allocated over the following three years based on need,” Mr Smith says.

“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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