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Rural Women New Zealand says an increase in police numbers will improve safety in rural communities around Selwyn.
The government has recently announced an increase in police staffing, and Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) is welcoming the move, especially in relation to rural and remote communities.
Police Commissioner Mike Bush has indicated the increase includes an extra 880 new police officers into frontline roles, in areas of child protection, family violence and in rural communities.
“Safety for rural residents, property and stock is paramount in isolated farming areas,” RWNZ’s National President Fiona Gower said.
“An increase in police numbers should lead to increased presence in rural areas that are struggling with crime, such as burglary, drugs and family violence.
“The new non-emergency phone number will also make it more efficient for residents to follow up non-urgent matters,” Ms Gower said.
She said RWNZ had made several submissions to government regarding rural policing, safety and emergency services. “In August last year, RWNZ presented a submission at the Law and Order Select Committee on illegal possession of firearms.
“The submission stated concerns about the shortage of police in rural areas, and the impact of organised and firearm-related crime on community safety.”