Saturday, November 27

Police add more officers to assist at Auckland border controls

More than 60 additional police officers from across the country will be deployed to assist at border checkpoints in the Auckland region.

A police checkpoint in Mercer, near the Auckland-Waikato border.

A police checkpoint in Mercer, near the Auckland-Waikato border.
Photo: RNZ / Nick Monro

Police Commissioner Andrew Coster said this increased support ensured that the police had sufficient resources to meet regular operational demands and maintain a strong focus on compliance with alert level 4 at Tāmaki Makaurau.

The additional officers will be brought in later this week from around the country and will be comprised of 34 officers who have volunteered for deployment duty.

These additional officers would not be required to cross into the Auckland region, Coster said.

“This staff will be rotated by 34 additional employees at the end of a series of shifts.

“Personnel will be working and housed in the Waikato region, under Alert Level 2, and will not be required to cross into the Alert Level 4 region.”

Currently, the police are operating 10 checkpoints around Auckland’s northern and southern limits and the rest of the country has moved to alert level 2.

The change in alert level settings had not seen a significant increase in traffic volumes and compliance with restrictions to travel across the border had been good, Coster said.

The police will continue to question motorists entering and leaving these checkpoints and will be turned around if they do not provide the relevant evidence for the permitted travel or an exemption notice.

Coster said that in the 48-hour period from midnight on Sept. 6 to 11:59 p.m. On September 7, 28,316 vehicles were stopped at checkpoints.

Of these, 274 vehicles turned around, representing less than 1 percent of vehicle traffic during this period.

And 144 vehicles turned around at the northern checkpoints and 130 vehicles turned around at the southern checkpoints.

Coster said this shows that compliance has been extremely high and that drivers are carrying the required evidence to prove their proof of travel.

However, today, a vehicle did not stop in front of police and passed through the southern boundary checkpoint in Mercer.

Eagle watched the vehicle as it headed north before stopping in a Kelston direction.

Police arrived at the address to locate the male driver who later allegedly assaulted two officers.

Several people in the management came out and began to obstruct and attack the police.

Two officers required treatment for injuries, Coster said.

A 27-year-old was due to appear in Waitākere District Court this afternoon on a series of charges, including failure to stop, aggravated battery and driving while suspended.

A 60-year-old woman has been summoned to appear in Waitākere District Court on 20 October on charges of assaulting the police and obstructing the police.

Coster said a third person would be referred to iwi’s community panels.

Supervision of motorist test compliance tests

Starting at 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 16, workers crossing the boundary must carry evidence that they have undergone a Covid-19 test and Coster said police were trying to inform motorists of this requirement before the date. .

“Police will take an educational approach and speak to motorists about the latest obligations under the alert level order,” Coster said.

“Beginning at 11:59 pm on September 16, the police will inspect vehicles and hand over people at checkpoints who have no evidence of having had a Covid-19 test.”

“All those who pass through the checkpoint after this date must wait to be asked for evidence of having had a test in the last seven days.”

Coster said motorists would still have to carry evidence of their permitted reason for travel or show the corresponding exemption, as outlined on the Covid-19 website.

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