Police civilian jobs go
Three civilian staff at Blenheim police have lost their jobs as part of a district restructure to reduce clerical work carried out at police stations, the Marlborough Express understands.
The non-sworn staff had their roles "disestablished" after a new file management centre was set up in Nelson.
The centre opened on Sunday.
The Express understands the staff members were offered positions in Nelson but didn't want to travel for work.
A police spokesman would not confirm this, saying it would be a breach of staff privacy.
Non-sworn police staff include typists, administration support staff and watch-house assistants.
The move coincides with the public counter service at Blenheim Police Station being halved from Monday. The counter will be open from 7.30am till 7.30pm daily.
Blenheim police response manager Senior Sergeant Naera Parata said people could still telephone the station to speak to an officer at any hour.
The move freed remaining front counter staff to better supporting frontline policing staff with file management work, Mr Parata said.
Marlborough was moving towards a national police service model that included a Crime Reporting Line for non-urgent matters by June next year, he said.
Marlborough area commander Inspector Steve Caldwell said most public interaction at the counter happened during normal business hours.
"We are confident that these changes will not compromise our level of service to the community that we remain committed to," he said. "The rolling out of file management centres across the country is aimed at police providing more efficient and effective services that will free up sworn staff for frontline policing."