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Police Work Dangerous And Unappreciated

Media Release

11 July 2008

Police Work Dangerous And Unappreciated

The tragic death of a police officer in Titahi Bay this morning shows the serious risk police face every day in the line of duty, says New Zealand First law and order spokesperson Ron Mark.

Mr Mark, who has a police officer in his own family, says he extends his sympathy to the family and colleagues of the dead officer who died trying to uphold the rule of law and order.

He also says that the public do not seem to be aware of the dangers police officers face every day in their job and that the media take perverse pleasure in constantly blaming them for the outcome of crimes within the community.

“Sometimes we wonder why police officers stay in their jobs when they are persecuted and harried by every journalist and radio talkback host in the country.

“Excuses are manufactured for offenders responsible for horrendous crimes while a police officer who gives a young thug a well deserved kick in the backside faces charges and being drummed out of the force.

“It is time the people of New Zealand acknowledged that they have one of the best police organisations in the world and it is time for the media police bashing to stop.

“The people who stole a car and failed to stop are responsible for the death of the police officer this morning should face the most serious charges available,” said Mr Mark.


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