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We’re Not to Be Fooled About Crime

Le’aufa’amulia Asenati
Associate Spokesperson for Law and Order
April 1, 2014

We’re Not to Be Fooled About Crime

New Zealanders should not be fooled by Police Minister Anne Tolley, says New Zealand First.

“The situation in New Zealand is not as rosy as she’s making it out to be. The Minister is trying to cover up the Government’s lack of meaningful measures to reduce crime and successfully rehabilitate prisoners,” says Associate Spokesperson for Law and Order, Le’aufa’amulia Asenati Lole-Taylor.

“The Government’s attempts to keep the prison population down have jeopardised the safety of everyday people. Convicted prisoners are being released into the community without adequate rehabilitation or robust monitoring.

“At the same time as Ms Tolley claimed there was less crime in New Zealand, the police released new statistics that showed recorded crime in Northland had increased to 15,588 offences – that’s over 40 crimes a day.

“The Department of Corrections has a prison population of 8,223, and community probation services are working with 36,483 offenders. This is hardly a sign of a safer community.

“There is no reliable indication from the Government that crime has decreased in New Zealand or that there are fewer people breaking the law.

“There are obvious inconsistencies here, suggesting that our communities are not as safe as the Government claims.

“Ms Tolley is trying to prove that they are ticking all the boxes by feeding us fancy statistics, but the situation on the street is disturbing,” says Mrs Lole-Taylor.


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