New Zealand Police

New Zealand Police is the lead agency responsible for reducing crime and enhancing community safety. 

Organisation

New Zealand Police is the lead agency responsible for reducing crime and enhancing community safety. We provide policing services 24 hours a day and operate from more than 400 community-based police stations around the country.
New Zealand Police operate by land, sea and air, and with more than 11,000 staff we respond to more than 600,000 emergency 111 calls each year.

SAR Role

The New Zealand Police co-ordinate search and rescue activities in New Zealand for Category 1 searches, which are searches coordinated at the local level. The Rescue Coordination Centre of New Zealand co-ordinates Category 2 searches, which are searches coordinated at the national level.

Police officers in each district are trained as Search and Rescue (SAR) Co-ordinators. They work with volunteer groups such as The Royal New Zealand Coastguard Inc., the Amateur Radio Emergency Corps (AREC) and the New Zealand Land Search and Rescue Inc., and other similar organisations. 

The Police are usually the first point of notification when people are overdue from an outdoor activity such as tramping, boating, or hunting. A SAR response is initiated and if necessary the Coastguard, New Zealand Land Search and Rescue and AREC volunteers are called in to help. Police co-ordinate the search using the expertise of skilled volunteers such as land and marine advisers.

The Police annually control over 1,100 land and marine search and rescue incidents. Occasionally a search is called off within an hour, but some searches can go for several days and involve police search and rescue squad members, Coastguard, New Zealand LandSAR, rescue helicopters, Defence Forces, and other volunteers.

Website

www.police.govt.nz

      



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Friday, April 20, 2018