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Now you can’t tell me that they JUST worked out that one of New Zealand’s worst police district needs more police!
NZ Herald reports that Acting Commissioner of Police Steve Long acknowledged that Counties Manukau needed more staff.
“We are doing some work in that regard right now. Thirty-one more staff are coming this year as a result of business cases made to government and we will make more,” he said.
I hate to tell Mr Long this, but 31 more staff aren’t going to go very far. As the local city council worked out months ago, the Counties-Manukau police district is 160 officers short of the national average!
And that’s just the national average…
For those who don’t realise, the district HQ for Counties Manukau Police is right in the middle of former police minister George Hawkins electorate. The fact that the police minister’s own police district is short of the national average by 160 officers is a sure reflection of how serious Labour takes law and order.