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National’s Waikato candidate Tim van de Molen says today’s announcement of a significant boost in Police resources for the electorate will make communities safer.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush today announced further details of the Government’s $503 million Safer Communities package which included a target of having 95 per cent of New Zealanders within 25 kilometres of patrolling police 24 hours a day, and 880 more frontline officers.

“I’m really pleased to see the Waikato Police District will receive 101 new frontline officers, a 16 per cent increase. The Counties Manukau District will receive 91 new officers, up 8 per cent,” Mr Van de Molen says. 

“Further supporting this is the announcement that the Matamata police station will now have a 24/7 officer on duty.

“This is a fantastic result for our area. Having worked alongside our cops as a volunteer with St Johns, I know the challenges our men and women on the beat face, dealing with some of the most difficult situations and working hard all hours of the day to keep our homes, roads and businesses safe.

“Our $503 million Safer Communities is delivering real results for the Waikato, and is exactly the kind of commitment to public services you get from a National Government that has balanced the books, is growing the economy, and now has the ability to invest in the areas that matter to New Zealanders. 

“As always though, investing in law and order is only part of the way we’re working to keep the Waikato safe.

“The most important thing we can do is stop crime before it happens, by continuing to create more local jobs, improve educational outcomes, and support families pressured by change.

“I’m running to ensure Waikato keeps a strong local voice at the table in a National Government that is delivering for our region.” 

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