Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller is welcoming the announcement of a specialised police task force aimed at destroying organised crime in Tauranga and is hailing it as “bad news for bad apples” in the Bay.

The task force, created as part of the Government’s Safer Communities investment package, will be based in Tauranga before mid-2018. In the first year six investigators will be assigned to the unit supported by asset recovery and support staff bringing the total task force to 10.

“Our community is rapidly growing – we are New Zealand’s second fastest growing city. While this brings huge economic benefit to our region, it also brings the odd bad apple. It’s important we stay on top of crime to keep our community safe” Mr Muller said.

“Our community won’t tolerate the kinds of activities these groups are engaging in and I’m pleased that the Government is investing to ensure the Bay remains a safe and friendly community where our elderly feel secure, our young people have opportunities and people want to raise a family” he added. 

“Tauranga has been one of the main beneficiaries of our Safer Communities package with 69 new front line officers on their way. The first intake of new recruits will hit the streets in November which means more police around town”.

“Both Simon and I have been advocating for this for some time, so it’s great to see a positive result for our city” he concluded.

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