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More Police Funding Needed to Combat Criminal Activity

Asenati Lole-Taylor MP

Associate Spokesperson for Law and Order
16 December 2013

More Police Funding Needed to Combat Criminal Activity

Several criminal incidents that occurred in South Auckland over the weekend prove that police are seriously underfunded says New Zealand First.

Associate law and order spokesperson Asenati Lole-Taylor says an incident outside her Papatoetoe office which resulted in a brawl early Saturday morning with at least one seriously injured, and then a stabbing in Manurewa this morning indicates that criminal offending is on the rise.

“The Minister of Police has defended the underfunded police budget which has seen a pullback of funding to police, restructuring and staff cutbacks.

“The Police Association president Greg O’Connor warned the Minister in October of the struggles that police are facing due to limited resources.

“The Minister cannot continue to ignore these warning signs. The community must feel safe and police must be appropriately funded.

“The cutbacks to the police budget will lead to long-term consequences and unfortunately we are already starting to see the effects.

“It is apparent that the demands on police time and resources have increased considerably, therefore their funding must also,” says Mrs Lole-Taylor.

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