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Rotorua MP Todd McClay has welcomed the announcement of 69 new frontline officers to be allocated throughout the Bay of Plenty police district saying it will keep the pressure on criminals and means a better deal for victims

“Geographically police have a large area to cover in our district so more officers on the beat and faster response times will make our communities safer, whether they are rural or urban. This is particularly good news for Rotorua and Te Puke,” Mr McClay says.

“We have a right to feel safe in our homes and in our communities and today’s announcement is about ensuring this right is protected. This is as much about crime prevention as it is reducing harm”.

The extra officers are part of a $503 Million Safer Communities package which includes a commitment that 95% of New Zealanders will live within 25km of a 24/7 patrolling police officer.

Altogether the package will see an additional 1125 police staff, including 880 extra frontline officers, who will be allocated across all twelve police districts. It will see 20 new mobile police station operational and targets have been set for police to ensure they attend 98 per cent of home burglaries attended within 48 hours.

“We want New Zealanders know how seriously we take the safety of their loved ones and property,” Mr McClay says.

“Law and order a priority for this Government and this package will give our communities more confidence that help is close at hand in their time of need.”

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