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Police have added more officers to the Auckland border checkpoints.

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

A police checkpoint in Mercer, near the Auckland border with Waiko.

A police checkpoint in Mercer, near the Auckland border with Waiko.
Image: RNZ / Nick Monroe

Police Commissioner Andrew Coaster said the increase in assistance ensures that police have sufficient resources to meet regular operational demands and a strong focus on compliance with Alert Level 4 in Tamaki Makurao.

Additional officers will be brought in from across the country this weekend and will consist of 34 staff who have volunteered for deployment duty.

Coaster said the additional officers would not be required to enter the Auckland area.

The crew will rotate for an additional 34 staff upon completion of one set of shifts.

“The staff is working under alert level 2 in the vertical region and it will be adjusted, and it will not need to go to the alert level 4 region.”

Police are currently operating at 10 checkpoints around Auckland’s northern and southern borders, while the rest of the country has moved to Alert Level 2.

Coaster said the change in alert level settings had not seen a significant increase in traffic volume, and that restrictions on travel across the border had been good.

Police will continue to interrogate motorcyclists traveling in and out of these checkpoints and will be diverted if they do not provide relevant evidence of permitted travel or exemption notices.

During the 48 hours between midnight on September 6 and 11.59 pm on September 7, 28,316 vehicles were stopped at checkpoints, Coaster said.

Of these, 274 vehicles overturned, accounting for less than 1% of vehicle traffic during the period.

And 144 vehicles overturned at the northern checkpoints and 130 vehicles at the southern checkpoints.

Coaster said this shows that compliance is very high and that motorcycles are carrying the necessary evidence to prove their travel.

Today, however, a vehicle failed to stop for police and crossed the southern border checkpoint at Mercer.

The vehicle was spotted by the Eagle as it was heading north before stopping at Calliston’s address.

Police arrived at the address to search for the male driver who allegedly attacked the two officers.

Some people at the address came out and started obstructing and attacking the police.

Coaster said two officers needed treatment for the injuries.

A 27-year-old man was due to appear in Vatican District Court this afternoon on a number of charges, including failure to stop, escalating assaults and suspended driving.

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

A third person will be referred to the IUI community panels, Coaster said.

Monitoring motorists’ compliance testing.

As of 11.59pm on the night of September 16, workers crossing the border must have proof that they have passed the Cove 19 test, and Coaster said police are trying to alert motorcyclists to this requirement before the date. ۔

“The police will take an educational approach and talk to motorcyclists about the latest responsibilities under the alert level order,” Coaster said.

“From 11.59pm on the night of September 16, police will be checking the location of vehicles and turning to people at checkpoints who do not have proof of having a Covid 19 test.”

“From this date, everyone who comes through the checkpoint should be expected to be asked for proof of being tested in the last seven days.”

Coaster said motorcyclists will still be required to bring proof of their permitted travel or show reasonable discounts, as stated on the Coveid 19 website.

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