The Wellington Police District covers the southern part of the North Island. Its northern border stretches from Peka Peka on the Kapiti Coast, across the Hutt Valley and over the Tararua Ranges to the Wairarapa. It also includes the Chatham Islands. The district covers 813,000 ha with 500 km of coastline. We have 30 police stations, with 768 sworn police officers and 164 other police staff.
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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.
Cannons Creek NPT
Team leader:O/C NPT Sgt Matiu Grant
Team leader: James Dempsey
Hutt Valley NPT
Team leader: Janine Lee
Wairarapa area (Porirua, Kapiti, and Mana) NPT
Team leader: Jonathan Westrupp
Commanders and headquarters
District Commander: Superintendent Sam Hoyle
District Headquarters: Cnr Victoria and Harris Streets, Wellington
Area commanders and headquarters
Wellington City area
Commander: Inspector Chris Bensemann
Headquarters: Wellington Central Police Station
P (04) 381 2000
Kapiti Mana area
Commander: Inspector Paul Basham
Headquarters: Porirua Police Station
P (04) 238 1400
Hutt Valley area
Commander: Detective Inspector Sean Hansen
Headquarters: Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt Police Stations
P (04) 560 2600
Commander: Inspector Donna Howard
Headquarters: Masterton Police Station
P (06) 370 0300
Wellington Police Maritime Unit
The Wellington Maritime Unit provides a 24-hour response for search and rescue operations and protection from water-based dangers and crime. From the the Old Ferry Building on the Service Jetty, the unit deploys the 18.5 m catamaran launch Lady Elizabeth IV and a 4.6 m inflatable. The operational area for the unit is a 90 nautical miles radius from the entrance of Wellington Harbour. This encompasses the Marlborough Sounds, Wairarapa coast, Kapiti Coast, Tasman Bay, Whanganui, Castle Point and Kaikoura. However, most of the tasks are within Wellington Harbour and Cook Strait.
Wellington District Search and Rescue
Police Search and Rescue (SAR) squads are based in Wellington and Masterton. They provide a response to both land and marine SAR incidents including:
- land searches
- subterranean searches (for missing cavers)
- river, lake and inland waterway searches
- close-to-shore marine searches - usually within New Zealand territorial waters (12 nautical miles)
- high-angle rescues.
Squads are made up of Police members from throughout the District. They are trained in the specialist SAR skills needed to manage any incident. SAR managers in Wellington and Masterton administer and supervise SAR. In the event of a search and rescue incident, a Police SAR squad member is appointed as Incident Controller to manage the operation. Locally we work with volunteer organisations including New Zealand Land Search and Rescue, Coastguard New Zealand and Amateur Radio Emergency Corps to provide SAR services. Police SAR squad members provide Civil Defence assistance during declared emergencies and scene guarding/scene examination in remote locations.