According to Labour, the cops are liars.
Police were under government orders to “minimise” the number of domestic violence charges they lay to make crime statistics look good, Labour MP Andrew Little claimed yesterday.
But the claim has been strongly denied by both police bosses and the Government.
Family violence figures released yesterday by the University of Auckland’s Family Violence Clearinghouse show police charges for domestic violence offences dropped by up to 29 per cent from 2009/10 to last year.
And for the same period, the number of offences recorded by police fell by nearly 10,000.
But the number of investigations into family violence grew from 86,800 in 2010 to 95,100 incidents last year.
Little, a list MP and New Plymouth’s Labour Party candidate, said he believed the drop in family violence charges was due to the Government putting direct pressure on police to lower the crime statistics.
“What I have been told authoritatively is that front line police have been told to minimise the number of charges they lay.
“That is not just family violence but across the board. I’m told it’s not just domestic violence, it’s all forms of offending.
“I think that a combination of that and using police safety orders is what is showing up in the reduced number of charges in relation to domestic violence,” Little said.