Striving towards 1800 new Police

Striving towards 1800 new Police

Date Published: 
December 2018

The “Striving Towards 1800 New Police” paper for the Cabinet Social Wellbeing Committee has been proactively released. Redactions were considered under the requirements of the Official Information Act 1982*.

The paper proposes investment in an additional 920 Police officers (Constabulary and Authorised Officers), 240 support staff, and associated operating and capital costs. This is in addition to 880 constabulary officers and 245 support staff funded in Budget 2017 [CAB-17-MIN-0008 refers].

Taken as one package, this will provide for 1800 new Police officers as per the 2017 Government Coalition Agreement goal to “Strive towards adding 1800 new Police officers over three years and commit to a serious focus on combatting organised crime and drugs.”

Subsequent Budget 2018 funding included provision for the new police and support initiatives, with the recruitment phasing spread over five years.

The Minister of Police has since indicated an intention to seek further support in Budget 2019 to bring the recruitment of the 1800 extra Police forward as part of the coalition agreement goal.


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