Police teams in Hawke's Bay are being given an extra bit of oomph as 114 officers are being allocated to the Eastern District by police commissioner Mike Bush.

Although it's not certain when, or how many will be allocated to Hawke's Bay itself, Eastern District commander Superintendent Tania Kura has happily welcomed the recruits.

"The staff allocation is great news for the families and communities.

"It will give local police a greater ability to respond quickly and effectively to the growing range of events that impact on the safety of our people, and it will give police staff the chance to tackle some longstanding problems in new and innovative ways.

Eastern District Commander Superintendent Tania Kura.
Eastern District Commander Superintendent Tania Kura.

Kura says with extra resources, she expects police will have the ability to quickly target problems from a number of angles in order to ensure people are safe.

One of the new safety additions involves the establishment of a Precision Targeting Team which will support police's current focus on priority and prolific offenders, aiming to reduce crime such as burglary and robbery, a consistent issue in the region.

Police Minister Stuart Nash welcomed the new establishment, saying it was a more technical way for police to combat serious crime.

"Often there's a small group of people who are responsible for a disproportionately large amount of crime that goes on in the area. Whether they are the drug dealers, burglary rings or criminals, we want to make sure that we prevent them from causing any more harm.

"To tackle these groups we'll use police analytics and they'll work really hard. I feel like it will make a really big difference in the community."

The allocation further includes the introduction of a Serious and Organised Crime Taskforce, in order to combat gang-related crime such as methamphetamine supply, violence, intimidation and other serious offending.

Nash said the new recruits would also be welcomed, due to extreme fatigue and stress on police teams, as recently addressed in a police survey.

"If we look at the last workplace survey, about 60 per cent of police staff said they were suffering from a horrendous level of workplace stress.


"About 60 per cent also said that they weren't meeting the qualities that were necessary, but 80 per cent said they were very committed to the New Zealand police service and the communities they serve."

Nash said those issues were predominant in the Hawke's Bay region and said police knew they were under-resourced.

A police spokesperson said that Hawke's Bay residents would see progressive and noticeable difference as more police recruits were allocated to the region.

"We have very carefully considered where the additional staff should go, and where they can make the most difference. Allocation planning was informed by projected population growth, changing crime patterns, and areas of priority and increasing demand.

Every district was visited as part of the process, frontline staff were met with to discuss their experiences, and these insights were carefully listened to. District Commanders and other senior police leaders were also involved in final decision-making."