Police foot patrols in Auckland City up by 189%

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There were more than 10,300 police foot patrols in the Auckland City Police District in 2013 – up from 3,580 in 2011.

Police are continuing to increase their focus on crime prevention.  Part of their approach to building safer communities means using police resources better, so police can spend less time behind a desk, and more time out in their neighbourhoods.

All frontline officers now have smartphones, and most have tablets, which gives them an extra 30 minutes a shift out in their communities to focus on preventing crime.

Our local Police do a fantastic job and it’s great to see more of them out and about in Auckland Central.

Delivering better public services is one of National’s four priorities, and  Police are well on track to meet our Better Public Service targets of reducing the crime rate by 15 per cent, and the reoffending rate by 25 per cent by 2017.

The Prevention First Strategy, Neighbourhood Policing Teams, and the huge increase in foot patrols are showing results – recorded crime is at the lowest level in 33 years.