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Labour retreats on police promises

Simon Power MP
National Party Law & Order Spokesman

23 August 2006

Labour retreats on police promises

"Labour is quietly moving the start date of the police recruitment campaign after figures showing there are actually 34 fewer frontline police one month after the campaign was due to start," says National's Law & Order spokesman Simon Power.

A spokesman for Annette King has told NZPA that the recruitment drive did not start properly until September 1, when a public campaign would be launched.

But that completely contradicts the Minister's promise to Parliament on May 10, when she said 'I can be reassured by the police because they have informed me that their active recruiting campaign starts in July'.

She also told the Law and Order Select Committee on June 21 that 'of course, the actual recruitment programme in itself commences from 1 July, although obviously quite a lot of work has been done up till now'.

Mr Power says Labour has not been honest with the public about the difficulties they face recruiting new feet for the beat.

"Labour over-reached itself in its rush to tie in Winston Peters and retain power at any cost. They are really going to struggle to deliver on these promises.

"That's why she's being cagey about when the campaign actually starts. The ducking and diving won't stop there either. We expect to see Ron Mark fronting on the issue as a pay-off for remaining silent on the recruitment problems.

"I look forward to hearing his defence of Labour's ham fisted handling of the recruitment drive," says Mr Power.


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