Central Police District

Central Police District covers an area that stretches from the North Taranaki Bight, across to Ruapehu, south to Otaki in the west, and across to the Tararua ranges in the east. The Central District encompasses a large and diverse geographical area.

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Our aim is to provide an efficient policing service that's based on results. We believe our proactive approach to crime reduction and crime prevention helps reduce offending and victimisation, creating a happier, safer community.

For district staffing figures please refer to the Annual Report which can be found on the Publications and Statistics page.

Central District news

See the latest news from Central District.

Social media

Manawatū, Taranaki, Whanganui-Ruapehu Police Facebook page


Find a police station in Central district

For all media enquiries please contactPolice 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.

Find out more about Neighbourhood Policing Teams, or contact your local Police station to find out if there is a local NPT in your area.

Commanders and headquarters

District Commander: Superintendent Scott Fraser
District Headquarters: 404 Church Street, Palmerston North

Area commanders and headquarters

Manawatū Area

Area Commander: Inspector Ross Grantham
Headquarters: Palmerston North Central Police Station
P 105

Whanganui-Ruapehu Area

Area Commander: Inspector Neil Forlong (relieving)
Headquarters: Whanganui Central Police Station
P 105

Taranaki Area

Area Commander: Inspector Belinda Dewar
Headquarters: New Plymouth Central Police Station
P 105

More information

Wanted persons

The Police website shows you images and details of wanted persons in the Central District. The site has two sections, one for people who are wanted to arrest on criminal charges and another for people who Police want to identify in relation to a crime. If you have information regarding any of the wanted people in the Central District, or their activities, we urge you to:

Other useful websites

An independent charity that helps New Zealanders to fight crime by providing an anonymous and simple way to pass on information to the authorities.

Victim support
A community organisation that helps people hurt by crime and other trauma.

Neighbourhood Support
Aims to make our homes, streets, neighbourhoods and communities safer and more caring places in which to live.

Women's Refuge
New Zealand’s most significant domestic violence organisation.

Family and Community Services
The part of the Ministry of Social Development that supports families and communities to be strong, well informed and to connect with each other.

Community Law
Provides free legal help throughout New Zealand.

Citizens Advice Bureau
Helps people to know and understand their rights and obligations and how to use this information to get the best outcomes.

District Health Boards

MidCentral Health