Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Fewer, not more, cops on the beat

Simon Power MP National Party Law & Order Spokesman

21 June 2006

Fewer, not more, cops on the beat

Latest Police figures reveal there were fewer frontline police in May than at the beginning of the Government's financial year, says National's Law and Order spokesman, Simon Power.

The May 2006 Police HR Scorecard shows that as at 31 May there were 7,306 sworn officers - 59 less than the 7,365 there were on 30 June 2005.

The scorecard also shows:

* There are 206 fewer officers now than have been budgeted for, while non-sworn staff are over budget by 67 (includes 'decoy cops'). * The attrition rate in the year to May 2006 is up to 5%, from just over 4% in March 2004. * The number of resignations has increased by 27%, from 203 to 258. * The number of retirements has increased by 72%, from 47 to 81.

"These figures show clearly that this campaign is well behind the eight-ball before it even starts.

"Rather than police numbers increasing, they are going down, and this further supports my concern that Labour and NZ First have promised the public more than they can deliver," says Mr Power.

"The Police Association and Deputy Commissioner Lyn Provost both say that due to attrition, the Police will need to recruit 2,250 to get the 1,000 extra officers.

"How can Police Minister Annette King continue to claim they will add 1,000 extra sworn police to the current ranks by the next election?"


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news