Police in Rockland have begun a trial of a new “safety” shoe designed to reduce the risk of falls.
The new safety shoes feature a plastic “shoe” with a safety hinge on it.
It can be worn on the sole of shoes to help prevent falls.
Police said the shoes would not be compulsory but would be available for purchase as part of a voluntary safety scheme.
They said they had received an increasing number of complaints from the public about the increased risk of falling.
“The trial has been extremely successful in reducing the incidence of falls in the community, as a result of the increased awareness and compliance with the safety requirements of the New Zealand Police, and also because the shoe design is so simple, which allows the wearer to remove the safety hinge from the shoe without needing to remove it from the foot,” the force said in a statement.
“In the event of an emergency, the shoe will provide a non-contact alternative for those with injuries.”
Police said it was important to emphasise the importance of wearing shoes in public.
“It’s vital for anyone who is going to be walking, riding, playing or driving around in the New England community to be wearing a pair of footwear that will not impede their ability to move about safely,” it said.
“They are a vital part of our safety system and it’s vital that they are kept in a reasonable state of wear.”
Police are looking at how the new safety shoe could be worn to reduce falls.
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