26 Jan 2016

West Coast town could lose sole police officer

2:59 pm on 26 January 2016

Axing Karamea's only police officer is among proposed changes in the mix for policing on the West Coast.

The review of service delivery on the West Coast has also mooted a new police tactical squad.

A Tasman Bays police spokesperson said the review released today for consultation would not reduce overall staff numbers but some roles would go while others would be created.

Tasman District Commander Superintendent Karyn Malthus said a new tactical squad with a focus on organised crime was aimed at enhancing policing on the West Coast area, which was raised by staff during last year's review.

The permanent role at Karamea would be disestablished, although a patrol base would remain and a police presence would be managed seasonally.

Staff, community and stakeholders would be consulted before a final decision was made by the end of March, Ms Malthus said.

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