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Nat’s policing claims an exercise in hypocrisy

Wednesday, 9 July 2008

New Zealand National Party
Hon Phil Goff
Acting Minister of Police

8 July 2008
Media statement

National’s policing claims an exercise in hypocrisy

Criticism by National of policing levels under the Labour-led Government are an exercise in absolute hypocrisy, Acting Police Minister Phil Goff said today.

“Since 1999, police staffing numbers have increased by 2269 from 8767 to 11,036 this year,” Phil Goff said.

“There will be a further increase of several hundred still this year, the third tranche of the 1250 extra police promised in this term of Parliament.

“This compares with the drop in police numbers in the last year of the National Government, and to National’s proposal to cut police numbers by 540 as the result of the Incis computer project.

“Incis cost well over $100 million, most of which was wasted when the project could not be delivered and had to be abandoned,” Phil Goff said.

“Over its term in government to date, Labour has nearly doubled the budget for policing, from $750 million to $1.3 billion. Compare this with National’s reduction in the Police budget three years in a row.

“The Labour-led Government has delivered on policing resources, which are allocated across the country by the Police Commissioner.

“Ministers play no role in where the allocations are made, to avoid any possibility of politicisation of the process, which would clearly be undesirable.

“Mr Borrows as a former Police officer knows this and is being disingenuous in criticising the Government for allocation of staffing between districts.

“Criticism by the National Party of vastly increased resources to policing by Labour utterly lacks credibility in light of National’s appalling track record of cutting police resources when it was in government,” Phil Goff said.


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