5 Nov 2012

Slight drop in Maori police numbers

11:51 am on 5 November 2012

The number of Maori police staff has dropped - and the service hasn't had an increase in three years.

According to its annual report, the Maori workforce dipped from 11% to 10.9% over the past year.

But Superintendent Wally Haumaha says the decline is insignificant.

He says the drop represents about 12 people who have either left or have taken leave without pay.

Superintendent Haumaha says Maori have the lowest attrition rate in the police.

Despite a decline in the overall Maori police workforce, police say the number of constables is up 0.3% over the past year.

And the number of sworn officers has grown by 31% over the past decade.