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More Police Needed Now Says New Zealand First

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05 March 2003

More Police Needed Now Says New Zealand First

New Zealand First law and order spokesperson Ron Mark is calling on the Government to increase police numbers after figures were released showing outstanding leave had reached ridiculous levels.

“It is time for the Government to acknowledge that we have a serious problem. If our police are being denied leave because of a lack of staff, then staffing levels need to be reviewed,” said Mr Mark.

“With an average of 40 days leave owing to every police officer and no opportunity to take the time off, we have a police force facing severe stress problems.

“With increasing crime, particularly gang violence, the demands on our police force are growing steadily, yet the authorities are doing nothing to help police cope with the increased stress and workload.

“Being a frontline officer is a stressful job and leave is a necessity not a luxury. The police cannot operate at its full ability if its members are suffering from stress. The stress is placed on the families of officers as well.

“Crime figures for last year show that about 60 percent of all offences are not solved. It is obvious that police officers are overworked and stressed.

“The Government must increase the size of the police force,” said Mr Mark.


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