10 Sep 2012

Changes to Canterbury's policing system

8:40 pm on 10 September 2012

Six new high-level positions are being created as part of changes to policing in Canterbury.

Following a district review, a new structure has been set up that will reduce the current four policing areas to two - Christchurch Metro and Canterbury Rural.

Police teams will also be restructured into four main work groups.

Superintendent Gary Knowles says the changes are geared towards crime prevention in the post-earthquake environment.

Mr Knowles says senior sergeants face changes to their roles and the new structure will provide six new inspector-level positions.

The new structure will be in place in late December. No stations will close.