Today's announcement of funding for 1800 more police officers and extra victim support services as part of this year's Budget package has been warmly welcomed by Bay of Plenty police.
Police Minister Stuart Nash said Budget 2018 included $298.8m in new operating funding, and $17.8m, capital for New Zealand Police over the next four years.
Another $159.7m of new funding would be provided in 2022/23.
"These increases enable the recruitment of an extra 920 officers and 240 support staff to maintain and build on the 880 officers and 245 support staff announced in Budget 2017," Nash said.
"We're going after the gangs to an unprecedented push to disrupt the supply of drugs in our communities."
Budget 2018 provides tools and support for 21st century policing, including the latest technology to combat organised and serious crime.
Victims of crime, those at risk of family and sexual violence, and young people falling through the gaps of the justice system would be getting increased support.
Victim support services also get $13.5m extra operating funding over the next four years so victims of crime and trauma can access long-term support services.
Tauranga Sensible Sentencing spokesman Ken Evans said funding for 1800 extra police nationwide and increased support for victims of crime and trauma was "great news".
"It's great to see the Labour-coalition Government listening to what the Sensible Sentencing Trust has long been asking for and fighting for, which is long overdue," Evans said.
"We have known for some time that police have been very stretched and have to prioritise crimes in terms their response times and 1800 more staff nationwide will help a lot."
Extra police on the ground would help to prevent crimes from happening, and ultimately reduce the number of victims in our community, Evans said.
Evans said the trust was also pleased about the increased support for victims of crime and trauma services which was desperately needed.
Waikato Bay of Plenty Police Association regional director Scott Thompson said the association commended the Government for its serious investment in extra staff.
Thompson said he was very police the extra funding was already fully costed.
Association vice president Craig Tickelpenny said the investment had been desperately needed to reduce the growing pressure on frontline staff.