Police personnel may have been culled nationwide but police numbers in Timaru have stayed consistent.
Ten years ago there were 122 sworn officers in the Mid-South Canterbury area, and this year there are 124.
Labour's police spokesperson Kris Faafoi slammed Police Minister Anne Tolley for cutting police jobs nationwide.
"The number of police severance packages ticked off by Ms Tolley increased from two in 2008/09 to a startling 159 in 2012/13.
"Remaining staff are increasingly fed up, with 51 police personnel resigning on average each month in 2013, up from 14 each month in 2009," Mr Faafoi said.
He said community police are struggling to keep up.
"Police are working their guts out to meet the minister's targets, but with fewer officers on the beat, less back office support, and more and more local station closures, times are tough for community policing.
"In the past year alone there were 99 fewer frontline police on the beat. In fact, police staff themselves flagged staffing as the number one issue threatening law and order."
Mid-South Canterbury area commander Inspector Dave Gaskin said it was fortunate police numbers here haven't declined.
"But I think it's more important how you use numbers," he said.
"Deploying staff is important, as is utilising them in the best possible way."
"The police have a finite amount of resources and it's about using them in the best places."
Inspector Gaskin said although local police numbers have been consistent, staff have been coming and going constantly.
Mid-South Canterbury area are currently operating below approved strength, according to Mr Gaskin.
"I suppose in a nutshell we are better off staff-wise now than we were in 2003. We are holding some vacancies but planning is underway to address short comings.
"In the past few years were have had the luxury of operating above our approved strength. We are now slightly below approved strength which always causes concern."
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