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Issue No. 410 February 2017

At a glance – key initiatives

All 12 police districts will receive additional officers, but the Police Commissioner will decide where they will go. In total, the package will cost the Government $503m over the next four years - $388m for Police and $115m for the wider Justice sector – with more than $15m more to come from cost recovery measures.

Responding to crime in the community (500 officers, $197m over four years)
This investment will improve the speed of Police to attend emergencies. Officers will also help prevent and resolve home burglaries, youth offending and other crime.

Regional and rural policing (140 officers, $61.1m)
Increasing staffing at 15-20 stations will mean 95 per cent of New Zealanders are within 25km of 24/7 police presence. New mobile police stations will visit and support small towns and rural areas; Rural Duties Officers Network will be established.

National 24/7 non-emergency number ($20.9m)
A new national non-emergency number for issues like reporting historic or low-level crime or getting in contact with a police officer in your local area. It will replace 300 local police station numbers, not all of which are answered 24/7, and ease pressure on 111.

The Police Eagle helicopter will be funded to operate 24/7.

Organised Crime Taskforces (80 officers, $38.7m)
To target gangs, drug suppliers and other organised criminals; help Police increase the seizure of criminal assets for reinvestment into initiatives reducing the harm caused by such offending.

Child protection, sexual assault and family violence (140 officers, $67.8m)
74 additional specialist investigators will target serious offending, freeing other resources for early intervention and prevention; 66 officers (previously announced in late 2016) will address and prevent family violence.

24/7 capability for Police ‘Eagle’ helicopter ($10m)
Eagle will be funded to run 24/7, 365 days of the year. The helicopter is currently only funded to be airborne for 1800 hours a year.

Ethnic liaison officers (20 officers, $7.5m)
To work with ethnic communities and businesses to prevent crime in these communities.

Managing offenders and reducing re-offending ($115m)
To enable Justice Sector to deliver rehabilitation programs and help reintegrate prisoners, addressing underlying causes of offending through measures including alcohol and drug treatment programmes; to fund the costs of processing more of the most serious offenders through the courts.

 

At a glance – expected results

The extra police and new resources will be used to reach a set of challenging targets (by June 2022 unless otherwise stated).

  • At least 98 per cent of home burglaries will be attended by police within 48 hours – currently achieving 86 per cent within 48 hours, 96 per cent overall;
  • $400m of cash and assets seized from gangs and organised crime over the next four years;
  • One minute faster median response times in urban and rural areas;
  • More than 90 per cent of 111 emergency calls answered within 10 seconds (by June 2018);
  • 95 per cent of New Zealanders will live within 25km of a 24/7 Police presence – currently stands at around 88 per cent;
  • Police to contribute to 10 per cent fewer deaths from family violence;
  • Police to contribute to 25 per cent reduction in reoffending by Maori (by June 2025);
  • Police will partner with the Ministry of Education to identify and refer 1000 young people each year to re-engage in education.

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