A former Whangarei area commander says he's spoken out against police management for the officers still working.
Paul Dimery retired suddenly last week saying his frustration with growing expectations and limited resources was compromising the safety of frontline staff.
He says he can now speak publicly without fear of retribution.
"The reality is when you're sitting in the job you're actually very vulnerable to making those comments and it's very career shortening."
He says his comments shouldn't come as a surprise to his superiors.
"I don't regret it, I speak my mind. I told my previous district commander some numerous times, I've argued with staff, and I've brought it to a lot of people's attention, but I believe I've done what I can and sometimes you've got to stop fighting it."
Mr Dimery says he has had nothing but support from his former colleagues over his comments.
Minister of Police Anne Tolley says she's confident the Commissioner and his executive are continuing to make sure the safety and wellbeing of staff is paramount.
She says police officers around the country tell her how pleased they are that the safety and protection of frontline officers has been increased through access to firearms, tasers and pepper spray.
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