Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Time To Divert Police Resources Into Real Crime

In light of the current police funding crisis and suggestions that significant cuts may be made to areas such as police training, the Coalition for Cannabis Law Reform has today urged Police Minister Hawkins to divert police resources currently wasted on attempts to enforce cannabis laws.

"The police wasted over 300 000 hours and $25 million arresting and prosecuting some 15 000 New Zealanders in 1998/99 for cannabis related, and victimless, offences. This money would be put to better use training and equipping our police force to fight real crimes such as home invasions and child abuse," Deborah Morris said today.

"New Zealand has the highest arrest rate for cannabis offences in the world with ten percent of police personnel and resources wasted each year in an attempt to enforce what is quite obviously an unenforceable law. Rather than throwing more good money down the drain, Mr Hawkins would do well to instruct the police to place a low priority on the enforcement of cannabis laws.

Taking such a decision would demonstrate a commonsense approach to the use of police resources," added Ms Morris

The Coalition had called for a moratorium on all cannabis-related arrests while the government conducts its review of the appropriateness of the legal status of cannabis. A moratorium on cannabis arrests would give police more time for real crime and create an opportunity for New Zealanders to debate this issue openly and honestly without fear of arrest or imprisonment.

Ends

Contact: Deborah Morris (025) 544-299 or Les Gray (09) 436-2349


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Charlotte Graham: Empowering Communities To Act In A Disaster

The year of record-breaking natural disasters means that in the US, as in New Zealand, there’s a conversation happening about how best to run the emergency management sector and what philosophies best engage and protect communities in the event of a crisis.

How much of the responsibility for a community’s safety in a natural disaster is the Government’s, and how much can be left up to the community themselves? And how do we ensure none of our most vulnerable residents are left behind? More>>

 

CPAG Report: The Further Fraying Of The Welfare Safety Net

New Zealand’s welfare system has undergone a major transformation during the past three decades. This process has seriously thwarted the original intent of the system, which was to provide a decent standard of living for all New Zealanders in times of need... More>>

ALSO:

Signage, Rumble Strips, Barriers: Boost For State Highway Road Safety

Boost for road safety this summer Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter today announced a short term boost in road safety funding this summer and signalled a renewed focus from the Government on introducing safer speed limits. More>>

ALSO:

Risks & Adaptation: Cheaper To Cut Emissions Than Deal With Climate Change

The cost of climate change to New Zealand is still unknown, but a group of experts tasked with plugging the country's information gaps says it will likely be significant and it would be cheaper to cut greenhouse emissions than simply adapting to those changes. More>>

ALSO:

BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages