The Canterbury Police District covers the east coast of the South Island. It stretches from the coast to high in the Southern Alps and from the Conway River, south of Kaikoura, to the Waitaki River, south of Timaru. Canterbury Police District serves a population that includes Christchurch city, several provincial towns and a vast rural and alpine hinterland.
Much of the district was affected by the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, with communities displaced, infrastructure damaged and individuals affected by trauma and by ongoing uncertainty and disruption.
The region faces a sustained rebuilding phase, with a unique opportunity to shape a new future.
Police are playing their part, responding with an increased focus on crime and crash prevention, community engagement and visibility, as well as working in partnership with other central and local agencies.
For district staffing figures please refer to the Annual Report which can be found on the Publications and Statistics page.
Canterbury District news
See Police news from Canterbury District.
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: Sergeant Melissa Shaw
Team leader: Acting Sergeant Wilhelmus Buutveld (luke)
Commanders and headquarters
District Commander: Superintendent John Price
District Headquarters: 40 Lichfield Street,
Te Omeka - Justice & Emergency Services Precinct,
Area commanders and headquarters
Canterbury Metro Area
Commander: Superintendent Lane Todd
Headquarters: Christchurch Central Police Station
Canterbury Aoraki Area
Commander: Inspector Dave Gaskin
Headquarters: Timaru Police Station
Canterbury Rural Area
Commander: Inspector Peter Cooper
Headquarters: Rangiora Police Station
Contacts for other organisations
Christchurch Victim Support
Register your party on the website so Good One and Canterbury Police can offer advice to help you organise a great party that is remembered for the right reasons.
Aviva Family Violence Services
Support, advocacy and accommodation for women and children experiencing family violence.
P 0800 AVIVA NOW (0800 28482 669)
Battered Women's Trust
Promotes prevention and raises public awareness of violence against women and children.
P (03) 332 4122
Christchurch Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)
Eastgate Mall, 20 Buckleys Rd, Linwood, Christchurch 8062
Tuesday 11am to 2pm
P 0800 367 222
105 Police Non-Emergency
105 is the number for Police non-emergencies. Use 105 to report things that have already happened that don’t need urgent Police assistance.
You can also call 105 to contact any police station in New Zealand.