The Southern Police District is the largest geographical police district in the country. Our patch covers a quarter of the country’s landmass, from Stewart Island in the south, north to the Waitaki River and west to Haast.
We have the most one- and two-person police stations of any police district. This bears testament to our widely dispersed rural population, which complements the cities of Invercargill and Dunedin and the internationally-acclaimed and fast-growing tourist region of Queenstown Lakes.
Over recent years Southern communities have enjoyed some of the lowest crime rates in New Zealand.
Southern District news
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For all media enquiries please contact: Police Media Team
Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPTs)
These teams aim to reduce crime, prevent victimisation, improve perceptions of safety and increase trust and confidence in Police. Their efforts are concentrated in their identified priority neighbourhoods.
Team leader: Brock Davis
P (03) 215 0300
South Dunedin NPT
Team leader: Trevor Thomson
M 021 191 5116
Commanders and headquarters
District Commander: Superintendent Mike Pannett
District Headquarters: 25 Great King Street, Dunedin
Area Commanders and headquarters
Commander: Inspector Joel Lamb
Headquarters: Invercargill Central Police Station
P (03) 211 0400
Otago Lakes-Central Area
Commander: Inspector Olaf Jensen
Headquarters: Queenstown Police Station
P (03) 441 1600
Otago Coastal Area
Commander: Inspector Jason Guthrie
Headquarters: Dunedin Central Police Station
P (03) 471 4800