20 Jan 2009

Crime line for Counties-Manukau

4:32 pm on 20 January 2009

Police have set up a dedicated telephone line for reporting crime in Counties-Manukau to try to reduce pressure on the emergency 111 system.

Counties-Manukau is the third police district to get a crime-reporting line after the Auckland and Bay of Plenty districts began using them in 2006.

Police Minister Judith Collins says it is an important tool in streamlining police responses to crime.

The line will receive and act on non-emergency calls in order to reduce the need for people to go to the police station to make reports.

Ms Collins says it will free up police to investigate more serious or complex crimes.