Some non-sworn police staff have been told their jobs at
Southern District Police will be disestablished as part of a
national programme dubbed "Policing Excellence".
This week letters were issued to affected staff advising them
of the proposed changes, Superintendent Bob Burns confirmed
"We are at the early stages of advising staff of the proposed
impacts and we're not prepared to discuss this publicly in
further detail at this time in fairness to staff who may be
affected by the proposal," he said.
Supt Burns said the changes would largely affect support
staff, but declined to give a figure for possible job losses.
A staff member said the changes would affect those in
Dunedin, Invercargill and the district's smaller stations.
Sworn staff were"gutted" by the announcement, and "ultimately
we are the backbone of the station and provide sworn staff
with help for their own safety and wellbeing".
"How are we expected to cut crime with fewer support staff?''
Staff, which included those who have been told will lose
their jobs, will meet senior management next week, and have
until October 19 to write submissions.
Supt Burns said "Our objective is to look after our staff as
much as possible during this time."
Southern police was realigning its work processes as part of
the national rollout of Policing Excellence.
He said all police districts were going through the same
changes, and "the key objectives are to take administrative
work off frontline staff and increase the level of deployment
of staff into proactive and preventative activities".
"Our ultimate goal with these changes is to strive to provide
even better quality service to the public and victims of
Southern police, as part of the changes, would establish a
centralised File Management Centre and Workforce Deployment
function and other functions such as a Criminal Justice
Support Unit and Investigative Support Unit.
Police Association Southern District regional director Brett
Roberts, said from Wellington yesterday, "I had heard some
letters had gone to some staff members".
He did not know which jobs would be disestablished, but the
association would work with all affected members.
• Uncertainty remains for KiwiRail's infrastructure and
engineering staff, despite an expectation from the Rail and
Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) a final decision on job
losses would be made this week.
Union delegates and KiwiRail management met in Wellington
yesterday to discuss national job losses within the
infrastructure and engineering division.
After the meeting, RMTU South Island organiser John Kerr said
proposals were being "refined" and it would be premature for
him to comment further. He expected to release more
information next week.
• A final decision on whether to cut up to 30 workers from
Delta's Dunedin operation is expected to be released today.
The Dunedin City Council-owned company announced last week it
was entering consultation with staff over plans to shed up to
30 jobs from its Dunedin roading and drainage operations.
Delta chief executive Grady Cameron yesterday issued a brief
written statement, confirming the outcome of consultation was
now expected to be announced today - one day later than
"We received more submissions than we had expected on a range
of matters and are carefully working through the implications
of those submissions before making a final decision," he