No job cuts in proposed police reshuffle

  • 26/01/2016
No job cuts in proposed police reshuffle

There will be no cut in staff numbers for police on the West Coast under proposals aimed at improving operations in the region get the go ahead.

Eight positions are in line to be disestablished following a review of policing on the West Coast released for public consultation but the creation new roles means staff numbers are set to remain static.

Three officers will form a tactical squad focusing on tackling organised crime in the region.

Karamea is set to lose its lone officer but police will maintain a patrol base and will allocate resources on a seasonal basis.

Tasman District Commander Superintendent Karyn Malthus said many officers have suggested establishing a tactical squad to enable staff to get ahead of crime.

"Since 2011, under our national Prevention First Strategy, preventing crime and reducing the number of victims have become our core goals," Supt Malthus said.

"This requires a significant change from traditional reactive policing and this proposal will align our resources to achieve those goals."

Preventing family violence and alcohol abuse are among the specific goals of the reorganisation.

A new sergeant position would be set up in Greymouth while another investigator will also be based in Westport under the scheme.

A final decision is expected by March 31.