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National’s Pakuranga candidate Simeon Brown says this week’s announcement of a significant boost in Police resources will help to make Pakuranga safer.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush announced further details of the Government’s $503 million Safer Communities package which included a target of having 95 per cent of New Zealanders within 25 kilometres of patrolling police 24 hours a day, and 880 more frontline officers.

“I’m really pleased to see the Counties Manukau Police District will receive 91 new officers, up 8 per cent,” Mr Brown says.

“Having worked alongside our Police during my involvement in Local Government and in particular with my advocacy to have the sale of Legal High’s banned, I understand the importance of the work they do to help keep our communities safe.

“These extra police officers will help to ensure that people living and working in East Auckland can have continued confidence in our Police and the work that they do to keep our homes and businesses safe.

“I am also encouraged by the funding of an additional 20 new ethnic liaison officers who will be able to support our diverse communities to be able to access police support when required.

“A safe community is something which New Zealanders expect the Government to be focussed on, and this investment is a result of a National-led Government which is listening and investing in what makes a real difference in people’s lives.

“I’m running to ensure Pakuranga continues to have a strong local voice in a Government that is delivering for Auckland’s Eastern suburbs.”

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