Police say their new communications and digital centre at Paraparaumu should create 50 jobs by Christmas, and 120 by the end of next year.
Kapiti’s Mayor, K Gurunathan, says the centre will be housed in the former Vodafone centre (and later the Expressway HQ) at 43 Ihakara Street.
He adds: “This opportunity comes at an exciting time in our District’s growth and development.
“We’ve been talking with the Police around this possibility and we’re thrilled that it’s now happening in our community.”
Police Commissioner’s statement
Earlier, Police Commissioner Mike Bush said Police had signed the lease for the new premises.
He said it’s for new staff working in a non-emergency communication and digital centre.
He added: “We aspire to be the world’s safest country and to have the trust and confidence of all. To achieve this, our commitment to service must be central to everything we do. So this year we’re setting ourselves up to transform the way we provide our service to the public.
“This is all in addition to building our frontline because we know the public still want to engage face-to-face with local police in their community.”
A changing role
“We are increasing our overall resources, and changing the way we work to provide a better service to those contacting Police in both emergency and non-emergency situations.
“The new non-emergency communications and digital centre increases our capacity to meet demand and is a key step as we prepare for the introduction of one non-emergency number for the whole country, as well as expand our online crime reporting services.”
Recruitment to fill these new roles will begin shortly.
50 jobs before Xmas
“We’re aiming to have 50 new staff prior to Christmas, and 120 in Paraparaumu by the end of next year,” he said.
It is anticipated the Paraparaumu site will open late this year when the fit-out and recruitment processes are complete.
And recruitment to fill jobs at the centre will begin shortly.