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Minister Must Get Involved in Greymouth Police

Minister Must Get Involved in Greymouth Police Saga

Monday 28 Jan 2002 Ken Shirley Press Releases -- Justice, Law & Order

ACT Police Spokesman Ken Shirley today renewed his call for an independent into allegations of dysfunction and misallocation of resources at Greymouth Police Station - and said the Police Minister George Hawkins had to now get involved.

"There are huge issues of public confidence here. The Minister has got to stop hiding behind operational staff and come out in support of an independent inquiry.

"I am prepared to meet with senior Police to discuss this issue and share with them any documents I have which would be of help. I also gather that I have been invited to go down to Greymouth to see operations first hand, and I will be happy to do that.

"I'm very concerned about the apparent wastage of resources. It is quite wrong if you have sworn officers being stood down for long periods on full pay if this is due to internal friction among staff.

"Previous internal inquiries have done nothing to resolve the infighting and dysfunction in Greymouth. Only a thorough outside investigation will give the public the confidence that the cause of law and order is being properly pursued.

"The Minister has the power to do this. He must stop the dithering now and use some of that power," Ken Shirley said.

For more information visit ACT online at http://www.act.org.nz or contact the ACT Parliamentary Office at act@parliament.govt.nz.

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