Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Verbal assurances not good enough

Verbal assurances not good enough

A damning report showing that burglary statistics were doctored in Counties Manukau over three years, warrants more than a verbal assurance from Minister Anne Tolley that it has never happened elsewhere, says Labour’s Police spokesperson Jacinda Ardern.

“We are absolutely reliant on crime statistics to give us an accurate picture of the level of crime in New Zealand, and whether progress has been made in certain areas. To find that these statistics were deliberately manipulated undermines the entire system, not to mention the work of other police districts who have recorded their crimes accurately.

“We have long had concerns that targets can lead to distorted behaviour. If government wants to set goals to reduce certain types of crime, they have to be incredibly careful to ensure it happens in reality, not just on paper.

“The government has been crowing about crime statistics being at their lowest point in decades. This report leaves a question mark over that.

“The system for recording crime and incidents requires quite deliberate actions to be manipulated in this way. The Minister needs to deal with this situation transparently so we know why, and how this occurred, and how the audit of recorded crime failed to pick this issue up.

“For the sake of both the public, and the police, the Minister needs to demonstrate that this incident was indeed isolated,“ Jacinda Ardern said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Mt Eden Prison: Serco Inquiry Extended

A two month delay to the Government investigation into prison fight clubs shows the extent of problems within the Serco circus, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis. More>>

ALSO:

Health And Safety: Late Addition Of National Security Provisions A Concern

The New Zealand Law Society has expressed its significant concerns at the last-minute addition to the Health and Safety Reform Bill of provisions for a closed material procedure for court proceedings where national security is involved. More>>

ALSO:

Rugby And Beer: World Cup Alcohol Bill Passes

ACT MP David Seymour’s Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Extended licensing hours during Rugby World Cup) Bill completed its third reading by 99 to 21... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Flag Campaign

So far, the public has treated the government’s flag campaign with something between disinterest and disdain. Most New Zealanders have instinctively seen through the marketing hype involved. More>>

Change For 2017: Local Govt To Decide On Easter Sunday Trading

The Government is to enable local communities, through councils, to decide whether retailers can open on Easter Sunday, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse announced. More>>

ALSO:

(And Targets Worse Than Australia's): Foresters Abandoning Emissions Trading Scheme

The Government’s gutting of the Emissions Trading Scheme has caused foresters to leave and emissions to rise, says Labour’s Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news