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Police need the Don Brash Intake

Police need the Don Brash Intake

Counties-Manukau police have lost 50 frontline staff in the past nine months, according to official Police documents, says National’s Law and Order spokesman Tony Ryall.

“Staff numbers have been deliberately run down because of Labour’s under-funding. Manukau City is paying the price,” Mr Ryall says.

“Official Police Human Resource documents show Counties-Manukau staffing has fallen continually since last year as police bosses scrambled to meet budget targets.

“These 50 frontline cops were not part of the June 2004 restructure. They left after that time. The reports show Counties-Manukau started the financial year with 683 sworn staff. Mr Hawkins told Parliament today that the current sworn staff total is 633.

“All this is happening on Minister Hawkins’ own back doorstep. When he was in Opposition he had good sources. Now he is completely out of touch.

“Labour must heed Dr Brash’s advice. National will boost frontline police numbers.

“The Don Brash Intake will focus on serious crime, rather than revenue-gathering.

“Counties-Manukau asked for 25 staff for three months to help clear their 1,100 unallocated cases, but got eight staff for six weeks.

“That is a trifling response to a serious problem,” says Mr Ryall.

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