831 new frontline Police officers in financial year

A record number of Police officers were trained in the 2018/19 financial year with 831 new front line officers deployed around the country. Since the Coalition Government was formed there have been 1,367 new recruits have graduated.  Some of those will have been planned under the previous government, but the new government has boosted those numbers.

This looks to be well on it’s way to fulfilling a commitment made in the Labour-NZ First Coalition Agreement:

Law and order

  • Strive towards adding 1800 new Police officers over three years and commit to a serious
    focus on combatting organised crime and drugs.

Government: Greatest number of new Police in a single year

Police Minister Stuart Nash says the graduation of 78 new constables means a total of 831 new frontline Police have been deployed to communities around the country during the 2018/19 financial year.

“The previous highest number of new Police in one financial year occurred 21 years ago when 683 officers graduated during 1997/98,” says Mr Nash.

“Since the Coalition Government was formed 1,367 new recruits have graduated from the Police College at Porirua and from two innovative training wings in Auckland.

“The Wellbeing Budget contains more than $260 million in new initiatives for Police. Thanks to this new investment, Police can strengthen controls on the use of firearms. They will be able to take the most dangerous weapons out of circulation and begin the next stage of reforms to reduce the risk of firearms falling into the wrong hands.”

The new initiatives for Police include:

  • $168 million for payments and administration of the gun buyback scheme;
  • $41.8 million to tackle family violence;
  • $5.86 million for victim video statements;
  • $37.19 million to provide all emergency services (Police, Fire, Ambulance) with state of the art new digital communications capabilities and to ensure the integrity of the current system in the interim;
  • $8.778 million for other initiatives across the wider justice sector, such as mental health, addiction and alcohol and drug programmes.

“In addition we are making a substantial investment of $455 million in frontline mental health services. Police officers have been under pressure because a lack of health resources meant they were the first line of response to mental health needs. Improving mental health care is one of our long-term challenges,” Mr Nash says.

The boost in mental health services has taken longer to implement, but it should take pressure off police resources, and will hopefully reduce crime committed by people with mental health issues.

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9 Comments

  1. Kitty Catkin

     /  7th June 2019

    831 ? What a strange number.

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  2. harryk

     /  8th June 2019

    And Ardern couldn’t spare a single cop to send to Sri Lanka to show solidarity? When asylum seekers start heading towards NZ, she may regret it. Boats have begun departing for Oz and the Muslims Governors are resigning, one claiming in his resignation letter that the State isn’t protecting Muslims. No wonder they’re getting on boats.

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    • Gezza

       /  8th June 2019

      How would sending a single cop to Sri Lanka to show solidarity change anything that’s happening there?

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      • harryk

         /  10th June 2019

        Sorry for the late reply.

        It’s called being proactive.

        It’s not going to change anything in Sri Lanka. If you want solidarity you need to show a a little as well. Special forces train with eachother to learn, for interoperability, to gather intelligence and to develop personal relationships that may help defuse conflict in future. NZ police would learn how SL police and other third party police tasked there proceed with terrorist investigations, make valuable personal relationships, and better understand Sunni Muslim terrorism. They become better specialists. Ultimately that’s going to benefit all Kiwis. It’s called being proactive.

        From the other thread but relevant – ‘According to research by former army officers Chris Rothery and Terry Johanson, both now academics at Massey University, New Zealand’s entire national security system is “reactionary”, and does not focus on anticipating and preventing terrorist activity.’

        My bet is they speak for the entire security sector. Having retired and as academics they’re better able to speak up and they will have consulted widely with former colleagues before doing so. They are correct. Ardern seems to think being proactive starts with group hugs and ends with media censorship.

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        • Duker

           /  10th June 2019

          Boats aren’t going to make it to NZ…it’s fake news which rolled out every year or so…and every year is fact checked by none even coming near the Tasman sea, the Australian bight or Torres St

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          • harryk

             /  11th June 2019

            ‘Boats aren’t going to make it to NZ…it’s fake news’

            Duker. You are wrong. When a deal between the Howard Govt and ambitious Security Minister later to become President with Aust support brought an end to the earlier round of boat arrivals, smugglers turned to NZ and sent people by air. When OSB turnbacks in 2014 changed the dynamics, one of the biggest syndicates, based in Sulawesi sourcing people from Malaysia, sent several boats via Papua to try out Pacific routes to NZ. One boat was taken to Yap in Micronesia where the passengers sought asylum in Aust, NZ and the US. Just two were given asylum, the rest were returned. Other boats involving the same syndicate en route to NZ were refused passage and bunkering by Aust and turned back. Last year a ex tanker the ‘Etra’ planned to take a Pacific route to NZ with 130 passengers but was stopped in Malaysia. Boats departing ex Sri Lanka are often good seaboats and quite capable of making it to NZ bunkering at waypoints. They haven’t made it to NZ thus far because Aust has stopped them. At the moment entering NZ by air is easier. How the smugglers continue to get visas for their clients is unknown to me and points to some serious corruption at both your end and ours. Regards.

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        • Gezza

           /  10th June 2019

          Sri Lankan police & security services don’t seem to be the best source of advice for how to prevent Sunni Islamic terrorist attacks?

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          • harryk

             /  11th June 2019

            SL Police have been politically constrained as rivals in Govt fight eachother. As I wrote immediately after the attacks there may have been some collusion between former allies who fought the LTTE together. NZ should have a copper there. There are heaps who’d love to go but Ms Ardern is preventing their career development. You’ve had one of ours, Nick Kaldas, to head up the inquiry into police response to Christchurch. An Arabic speaker who benefited from overseas postings to Lebanon and Iraq. Not all NZ police want to be small town plods forever. They need and want overseas experience. Give it to them. Australia and the UK do. They won’t learn how to investigate Sunni or white extremist terrorism in PNG and Tonga.

            https://www.police.govt.nz/about-us/programmes-initiatives/isg/current-deployments

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  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  8th June 2019

    How many have left or retired while these 831 have been trained?

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