Timaru police are sporting new boots, some of the more than 500 pairs issued to Canterbury police, police spokesman Stephen Hill says.
Nationwide, more than 5200 pairs will be issued to New Zealand police staff.
Previously, police provided safety footwear to specialist squads including the armed offenders squad, dog handlers, and search and rescue officers. Other staff were required to supply their own boots.
The New Zealand Police Association lobbied since 2004 for frontline staff to have boots supplied, saying those police also faced hazards including broken glass and other dangerous objects in their daily work.
That move was initially approved in 2007, but later reversed by the Police Executive Committee.
Last year, Police announced that they would distribute boots to frontline staff.
Mr Hill said the boots are lightweight Magnum Stealth Force boots, originally created for the FBI back in the 1980s.
Officers had the choice of full leather or combination leather/ballistic nylon, he said.
The sole was a high-traction, non-slip design to give extra stability, and a built-in penetration protection plate ensured that sharp objects could not make it through the sole.
Magnum boots lasted at least two years but they would be replaced on an as-needed basis.
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