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East Coast MP Anne Tolley says the addition of 69 new police staff to Bay of Plenty District is welcome news for the people of East Coast.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush today announced further details of the Government’s $500 million Safer Communities package of 1125 more police staff, including 880 more frontline officers over the next four years.

“All twelve Police Districts are receiving more officers as a result of the Government’s investment in policing and I am thrilled to see 69 allocated to the wider Bay of Plenty District over the next four years,” says Mrs Tolley.

“That’s an increase of 10%, and while it is up to the District Commander to work through which towns will receive the additional staff, it is pleasing to see a significant number of those new officers allocated in the Bay of Plenty.

“Having additional resources in our community will not only be good for emergency responses, but will also reduce crime. 140 of the new police officers will be allocated to rural and regional policing, with 40 officers forming a Rural Officers Network to focus specifically on issues that matter to rural communities.

“It’s not just about the numbers. This investment in policing also means 95% of New Zealanders will live within 25km of a 24/7 patrolling police officer. It means a new 24/7 non-emergency police number, as well as resources targeted at disrupting and dismantling organised crime.

“Twelve new mobile police stations will 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 intake of new recruits will begin in July, with the first recruits on the beat by November.

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