The Warkworth Police Station will more than double its number of frontline officers and operate 24 hours/7days a week by the end of the year.
The station is advertising internally to appoint nine new officers, which will allow three shifts of two officers to become five shifts of three.
Warkworth Police Sergeant Mark Stallworthy says the new staff will help police become more visible in the community.
“We can have a police car on the road at all times, meaning we can arrive quickly at an incident,” he says.
“We will also have the resources to patrol hot spots. Prevention is our preferred option where possible.”
Warkworth police will also support Wellsford as required.
The recruitment of extra staff is part of a nationwide allocation supported by a $298.8 million increase in the police budget. A total of 1800 extra officers will be located around the country, 107 will go to Waitemata and 87 will go to Northland.
The Warkworth station currently has six frontline officers, five traffic officers, one detective, one sergeant, one youth aid officer and an administrator.