Concern over dwindling police numbers
Police staff numbers are below what they should be, police area commander for Mid-South Canterbury, Inspector Dave Gaskin says.
According to government data there are 60 fewer staff across Canterbury than at this time last year, something Mr Gaskin said was concerning.
He said most of the jobs that had gone were support roles including Youth Aid staff, while those leaving or retiring were not being replaced.
"We're going to be below numbers; it's always a concern when we don't have the staff we have to have."
He said the Mid-South Canterbury area had experienced an increase in staff numbers for a period of time, but a recent review of the Canterbury district had seen staff numbers drop. He would not say what the staff numbers were for the Mid-South Canterbury area.
"We are not allowed to advertise constable positions but there are exceptions such as the smaller country stations. I'm not saying it won't affect front line staff; numbers are dropping.
Statistics show there were 1042 police staff in Canterbury last year, 1102 in 2012, 1036 in 2011, 1020 in 2010, 1021 in 2009 and 1006 in 2008.
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