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New Zealand has been ranked the fourth-safest country in the world but we want to make it number one.

That’s why National is investing heavily in Police and the wider justice sector to prevent and reduce crime and make our communities safer.

In February 2017, National announced a $503 million Safer Communities package. We want to deliver a more responsive Police service, prevent crime and victimisation, resolve more crimes, and more effectively target criminal gangs and organised crime.

Our investment will also enable Police to put more time, effort and resources into working alongside other agencies with at-risk individuals and communities. We must intervene more effectively to stop young people offending and prevent them moving on to even more serious crime. 

“We are unashamedly targeting offenders to ensure they are off our streets to keep you and your family safe.”

Details of the package include:

  • 1125 more Police staff over the next four years, including 880 sworn officers on the frontline – that’s a 10 per cent increase and will take total Police staff to more than 13,000.

  • 95% of all New Zealanders will be within 25km of a 24/7 Police presence.

  • All 12 Police districts in New Zealand will receive more Police officers.

  • A new nationwide 24/7 phone number for non-emergencies.

  • A target of at least 98 per cent of all burglaries will be attended within 48 hours.

  • 24/7 capability for the Police Eagle helicopter, with a response time of 10-15 minutes.

  • $115m boost for Corrections rehabilitation and for the Courts to handle more cases.

  • More than 90 per cent of 111 emergency calls will be answered within 10 seconds.