Confusing messages from Police minister as Police lay off front line staff

I will dismantle everything the previous police minister achieved

Minister of Police Paula Bennett must come clean and clarify how many police are losing their jobs in the coming weeks, says New Zealand First Police Spokesperson and Deputy Leader Rob Mark. [SIC]

“From information New Zealand First has received, police are cutting highway patrol staff by 90 as well as their vehicle investigation unit by 26.

“We have also been advised approximately 200 staff will be laid off by July.

“The minister claimed in Parliament on Tuesday that police are being moved from road policing to general policing but she must clarify that position.

“Road safety is critically important and the New Zealand public must feel confident that we have sufficient highway patrol police to make that possible.

“Also, these staff cuts seem bizarrely odd when she has made bold statements that more police will on the frontline later this year,” says Mr Mark.

With the crime rate rising and an acknowledged lack of staffing, as well as the government announcing they are increasing police (although by a lot less than Key and Collins were aiming for), it is strange to not see these simply put on different jobs and actually made redundant.

Although traffic enforcement should be de-emphasised after several decades of chasing diminishing returns, it seems a little harsh to chuck these people out of a job at the same time when we have hordes of kids in Northland and South Auckland terrorising shop owners.

Fairly odd and perhaps incompetent messaging during an election year when National voters already feel their support is under strain.  To punch a bigger hole into Law and Order with surpluses on the way appears to be a bad idea, not just bad politics.

To be honest, Bennett did the same to housing.  Housing New Zealand was decommissioning properties at a higher rate than new ones are being made available.


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