The Government has announced extra funding for the justice sector over the next four years, to support the increase in police numbers.
An extra $51 million in funding for the justice sector will see an increase of $16 million in legal aid, $21 million to support District Courts to handle more cases, and $9 million for more judges.
"The additional 880 police and 245 non-sworn staff will help prevent crime occurring and keep New Zealanders safe but, inevitably, it will also add pressure on our courts and prisons," Justice Minister Amy Adams says.
"This extra funding will enable Justice and Corrections to support the work being done by Police."
Another $64 million in funding over four years has been announced for Corrections' rehabilitation and reintegration programmes, plus more staff. The $115 million in extra funding for the justice sector is part of the $503 million Safer Communities package.