Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Police Savings Message Is Simple

Minister of Police Hon. George Hawkins said his message to the Police Commissioner has been simple, that the Government expects taxpayers money to be used wisely.

"It's a call for commonsense, for an attitude of operating in a sensible and cost efficient manner. That is the Government's expectation," George Hawkins said.

"The responsibility for the prudent management of Police budgets lies with the Commissioner of Police and Police district commanders, and I am encouraged that the Commissioner and his team are committed to this course.

"This week a lot of inaccurate comment has occurred in the media. I wish to put the record straight.

"On cell-phones, my view remains consistent: that those officers who require a cell-phone should be issued with one. Those who do not require a cell-phone should not be issued with one. Also, cell-phones should be used for legitimate purposes.

"As the Commissioner of Police said this week: the initiative involving the recalling of cell-phones in the Auckland City and North Shore/Waitakere Police districts was an option taken by the managers in those districts," George Hawkins said.

"It is also inaccurate for commentators to suggest Auckland Police motorway units have been told to park during rush-hours to save fuel.

"The fact is the Police have had a park and be seen policy for traffic enforcement since 1992 when the Traffic/Police merger occurred," George Hawkins said.

"It is certainly correct to acknowledge that the Police do a fantastic job in New Zealand. Our Police are highly valued and their reputation of integrity is clear to New Zealanders and to those abroad.

"The Government too has a responsibility to uphold, to ensure taxpayers money is used wisely. The INCIS fiasco proves how tens of millions of dollars can be wasted when governments fail to keep check of government organisation spending.

"As Minister of Police I have a responsibility to ensure wastage is minimised. Unlike the previous National led government's cut and take approach, any savings that the Police achieve will remain with the Police.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why Shipping Is NZ’s New Trade Problem

So Jacinda Ardern and Theresa May have signed a piece of paper promising peace in our time when it comes to our trade with Britain... Right now, a statement from Theresa May on Brexit has as much credibility as a statement by Donald Trump about North Korea’s plans for scrapping its nukes. Despite her recent crushing defeat in the Commons, May is continuing to playing chicken with Britain’s future, for personal and party advantage.

Brexit is not the only concern... More>>

 

Reshuffle: National Announces Spokesperson For Drug Reform

National Leader Simon Bridges has appointed Paula Bennett to the new position of Spokesperson for Drug Reform as the Government pushes ahead with its agenda of drug decriminalisation, to signal National’s commitment to holding them to account. More>>

ALSO:

KiwiBailed: KiwiBuild Head Officially Resigns

The head of Kiwibuild, Stephen Barclay has officially resigned from the role. In a statement issued on his behalf, it was announced that he would step down from today [Friday]. More>>

ALSO:

Welfare Stats: Rise In Hardship Numbers Shows Income Inadequacy

The latest Ministry of Social Development quarterly report show that a record number of people have received hardship assistance from work and income, with an additional 40,000 hardship payments made between September and December 2018, compared to the previous quarter of the same year... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On MBIE’s Social Media Scam

Given the ambit of MBIE’s work, almost any form of social activity could qualify as being part of MBIE’s brief, so the privacy threats posed by this training programme are extensive. The current oversight safeguards seem threadbare to non-existent. More>>

ALSO:

JusTrade: New Campaign For A 21th Century Trade Agenda

‘Critique is no longer enough. If anything is to really change, we need to step away from the existing framework and take a first-principles approach to rethinking what will work for the 21st century.’ More>>

Earlier:

Gordon Campbell: Thompson + Clark Are The Tip Of The Iceberg

How can we tell where and how any lines are being drawn? Oversight is not exactly robust. If it were, Thompson + Clark would have been out of contention for state security work ten years ago. More>>

Trainers: Taratahi Institute of Agriculture In Interim Liquidation

Taratahi employ 250 staff and this year has provided education to over 2500 students. Taratahi owns and manages 8 farms throughout the country. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels