Southern Police District

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.

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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.

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

Southern District news

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Social media

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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.

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 Paul Basham
District Headquarters: 25 Great King Street, Dunedin

Area Commanders and headquarters

Southland Area

Commander: Inspector Mike Bowman
Headquarters: Invercargill Central Police Station
P 105

Otago Lakes - Central Area

Commander: Inspector Paula Enoka QSM
Headquarters: Queenstown Police Station
P 105

Otago Coastal Area

Commander (acting): Inspector Craig Brown
Headquarters: Dunedin Central Police Station
P 105