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Police, not accountants, must tackle gangs

Hon. Tony Ryall MP
National Law and Order spokesman

2 May 2005

Police, not accountants, must tackle gangs

National's Law and Order spokesman, Tony Ryall, says police officers, not accountants, are the key to crushing drug-dealing gangs and organised crime bosses.

He is commenting on an announcement that the Serious Fraud Office will handle asset recovery work under new Proceeds of Crime legislation to be introduced by the Government.

"The Government should have more confidence in the police.

"Putting the Serious Fraud Office in charge of confiscating gang assets is the wrong way to go. All that will do is undermine the intelligence and forensic effort needed to make this law work.

"Informants and intelligence information comes from policing contacts. Crushing the gangs is a job for police officers, not accountants.

"The gangs are out of control because police do not have the resources to deal with them.

"National will boost frontline police numbers so they have the resources to deal to the gangs and the crime bosses," Mr Ryall says.


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