Round the clock police coverage

by Kent Caddick

Police presence in Rolleston is to be boosted to 24/7 thanks to a funding announcement from the Government.

The funding is part of a $500 million Safer Communities package and will increase police staffing in Rolleston to guarantee a 24/7 patrolling police presence.

Local MP Amy Adams said the announcement is welcome news for Selwyn.

“Rolleston will be one of the first 20 towns around New Zealand to be resourced to ensure a police officer will be on patrol and on call at all hours of the day,” Ms Adams said.

“This will give our community more confidence that help is on hand, and will ensure fewer victims of crime in Selwyn.” Ms Adams said.

Ms Adams said 70 additional staff have been allocated to the Canterbury  District over the next four years. “While it is up to the District Commanders to work through which towns will receive the additional staff, it is pleasing to see some of those new officers allocated right here in Selwyn to support the upgraded 24 hour police presence.

“It’s not just about the numbers. 

This investment in policing also means a new 24/7 non-emergency police number as well as new resources targeted at disrupting and dismantling organised crime.”

The Safer Communities funding package is aimed at reaching a target of having 95 per cent of New Zealanders within 25 kilometres of patrolling police 24 hours a day.

The first intake of new recruits will begin in July, with the first recruits on the beat by November.