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


Auckland police crisis; don't bank on Mr Hawkins!

Tony Ryall National Police Spokesperson

25 October 2001

Auckland police crisis; don't bank on Mr Hawkins!

As Police Minister George Hawkins drives around Auckland with outspoken new Mayor John Banks there will be a lot of things he won't dare tell Banksie, National's Police spokesman Tony Ryall said today.

"The facts are Auckland is down 59 frontline officers, including 20 in the CIB. More departures are expected in the next few months. Coupled with poor recruitment from Auckland, the situation won't get better soon.

"Mr Hawkins won't dare tell Banksie about his shabby attempt to hide Auckland's appalling police vacancy numbers. Mr Hawkins' own answers to my questions show that in August 2001 the sworn target of police officers for the Auckland district for 30 June 2002 was 675. But by October that target had magically reduced to 620 - amazingly the same number of officers as they actually had! *

"Only George Hawkins could think that you could reduce the vacancies by reducing the targets! The answer is to put more police on the streets - not fiddle the numbers.

"Violent crime in Auckland is spiralling out of control and the new Mayor is rightly concerned about it. In just one year under Mr Hawkins' watch, 4,403 violent offences were committed in Auckland City, 353 Aucklanders were grievously assaulted, 1,337 serious offences were committed, 972 Aucklanders were intimidated or threatened, 286 sexual offences were committed, and 70 Aucklanders were sexually violated. Nationwide, violent crime has hit a record high.*

"The new Mayor wants to clean up Auckland's streets and make it a safer place for Mums and Dads to take their kids. Mr Hawkins' ideas to 'usher in a new era' of tougher policing will amount to no more than sweeping problems under the carpet and fiddling with statistics. Aucklanders deserve better than this," Mr Ryall said.


* Written questions 10215 (Aug 2001) and 14001 (Oct 2001) * NZ Crime Statistics for the year ending 30 June 2001

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Charlotte Graham: Empowering Communities To Act In A Disaster

The year of record-breaking natural disasters means that in the US, as in New Zealand, there’s a conversation happening about how best to run the emergency management sector and what philosophies best engage and protect communities in the event of a crisis.

How much of the responsibility for a community’s safety in a natural disaster is the Government’s, and how much can be left up to the community themselves? And how do we ensure none of our most vulnerable residents are left behind? More>>


CPAG Report: The Further Fraying Of The Welfare Safety Net

New Zealand’s welfare system has undergone a major transformation during the past three decades. This process has seriously thwarted the original intent of the system, which was to provide a decent standard of living for all New Zealanders in times of need... More>>


Signage, Rumble Strips, Barriers: Boost For State Highway Road Safety

Boost for road safety this summer Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter today announced a short term boost in road safety funding this summer and signalled a renewed focus from the Government on introducing safer speed limits. More>>


Risks & Adaptation: Cheaper To Cut Emissions Than Deal With Climate Change

The cost of climate change to New Zealand is still unknown, but a group of experts tasked with plugging the country's information gaps says it will likely be significant and it would be cheaper to cut greenhouse emissions than simply adapting to those changes. More>>


BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>





Featured InfoPages