Police jobs to go with new centre

23:30, Jul 19 2012

Blenheim police will lose 3.5 positions when a centralised file management centre is set up in Nelson within the next few months.

Typists, administration support staff and watch-house assistants made up of non-sworn police staff will be affected by the change.

Acting Marlborough area commander Inspector Richard Middleton said Marlborough had 7.5 full-time equivalent positions affected by the restructure, all of them in Blenheim.

Four of those positions would remain, he said.

"All staff have been fully informed of their status and their options."

Tasman district police spokeswoman Barbara Dunn said the file management centre should be running by September. It will deal with court paperwork and other documents.

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The move would free up frontline staff by reducing the load of administrative work they did, she said.

Although 3.5 positions would disappear, it was not known how many people would lose their job, Ms Dunn said.

"It's not that black and white. It depends on how other positions are carved up."

Mr Middleton said police management was aware of the stress some people were experiencing, but this process provided opportunities for some people.

"Staff can apply for any vacant position through the country and that may include roles in the file management centre in Nelson."

The move is part of a national strategy where centres across New Zealand will take over much of the clerical work done in police stations.

The Marlborough Express