The legacy of Judith Collins is showing fruit, and Anne Tolley is continuing in her footsteps. It is amazing what improving morale and good leadership does to a Police force:
Recorded crime has dropped to its lowest level in 15 years, police figures show.
According to police there were 20,289 fewer offences recorded in 2011 than during the previous calendar year, a decrease of 4.8 percent, with 406,056 offences recorded between January 1 and December 31.
After taking into account the 0.8 percent rise in New Zealand’s resident population over the same period, the fall in the crime rate for 2011 is 5.6 percent.
The largest decreases were in Canterbury (-22.2 percent), Southern (-13.1 percent), Northland (-10.5 percent), and Bay of Plenty (-5.6 percent). However Auckland City and Waikato saw increases of 8.3 percent and 1.7 percent respectively.
Overall 47 per cent of recorded crimes were resolved.
Homicide and related offending dropped 14.4 percent from last year, down 14 recorded offences from last year. Last year saw the lowest number of murders in a calendar year since 1995, with 39 murders recorded, compared to 46 in 2010.
Deputy Police Commissioner Mike Bush said the figures show police and the public remain serious about reducing crime, but that New Zealand still has much to do.