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Bandits must be stopped

MEDIA RELEASE


29 August 2002

Hon John Banks QSO
Mayor of Auckland City

From the Mayor’s Office

Bandits must be stopped

Auckland Mayor John Banks said the time has arrived for a specific Auckland strategy on the recruitment, training and retention of police staff. His call follows today’s release of the latest Auckland City Police Crime Statistics, which highlight increasing crime and difficult staffing circumstances.

“I am committed to setting Auckland apart for an urgent policy review. The present policy will never deliver the frontline police the streets of Auckland desperately require.

“Staffing levels have never been worse and have spelled a disastrous situation for the city. We are presently 70 frontline police short in Auckland. Little wonder the bandits are having a field day with dishonesty and disorder offences.

“Police can only tackle rising crime and do the job the public expects when adequate resources are in place. As well as improving the pay and conditions of those already on the job in Auckland, the Government needs to attract more officers to the city by supporting additional pay, allowances and accommodation.”

Mr Banks acknowledged funding police adequately won’t come cheaply but says the cost of rising crime to the people of Auckland will be prohibitive,” he concluded.


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