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Hawkins Has Police Priorities Wrong

Hawkins Has Police Priorities Wrong

New Zealand First law and order spokesperson Ron Mark is calling on the Police Minister to stop tasking frontline police officers with traffic duties just so the Government can make more money from motorists.

“Telling frontline officers they must issue three traffic tickets an hour smacks purely of revenue gathering,” said Mr Mark.

“What is the dedicated highway patrol unit for if frontline officers are being used to write tickets?

“Frontline officers should be solving crime, not collecting money for the Government.

“Over $82 million was collected last year in traffic infringement fines, but police were only given an extra $30 million funding in the same year.

“Any revenue collected from traffic enforcement should go back into the police force to help target new recruits and rectify the problem of police shortages.

“Members of the public are ringing me and complaining that they are waiting for hours, and in one case weeks, for an officer to respond to burglaries from their homes and motor vehicles.

“Where are George Hawkins priorities? He should be concentrating on deploying his scarce frontline police resources on what they are trained for – solving crime, not on quota ticketing motorists,” said Mr Mark.

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