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

 

Heading Towards A Policing Crisis

5 December 2000

Graham Capill
Party Leader


Party Leader, Graham Capill, has warned the Government that unless it puts more resources into policing, New Zealand is heading for a crisis. Mr Capill said that, “It is abdicating its responsibilities in this important area of government.

“The announcement from the Police Commissioner that, owing to financial constraints, January and February intakes of police recruits to Police College have to be deferred, is a cause of huge concern.

“The average person is becoming more and more insecure and the Labour/Alliance Coalition Government appears to be paying scant attention. Adequate financial resources to provide for an appropriate level of protection for all citizens is a primary responsibility of those who govern. Frills and fanciful schemes can be delayed indefinitely, if necessary.

“There is already a chronic shortage of police; those on the front line are over-worked and under-resourced and more and more of our citizens are having to look for other forms of protection.

“That the Prime Minister should be so dismissive of this worrying situation is astonishing. When asked what was to happen to those recruits who had already left previous employment to get ready for a January or February entrance to College, her callous response was that they would just have to go on the dole.

“Such remarks, coupled with the very recent pronouncements of George Hawkins, Minister of Police, cause despair. The Minister’s suggestion that recruits could pay for their training was ill-conceived and demonstrated a lack of appreciation of aspects of his portfolio.

“Many police recruits already have tertiary qualifications and large student loans. Often, because of the justifiable emphasis on maturity, they are married with children and mortgages. The best candidates therefore would in many cases be precluded from even contemplating a career change.

“It might also be salutary to remind the Minister that some police not only purchase their own cell phones but also pay for the usage,” Mr Capill concluded.

END

Contact: Party Leader Graham Capill, Direct Line: (03) 352 6720 or Mobile: (021) 661 766

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Veronika Meduna: The Kaikoura Rebuild

A Scoop Foundation Investigation

Friday will be a big day for people north of Kaikōura – and for hundreds of construction workers who are racing to reopen State Highway 1 in time for the holiday season.

By the afternoon, the South Island’s main transport corridor will be open to traffic again, more than a year after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake mangled bridges and tunnels, twisted rail tracks and buried sections of the road under massive landslides. More>>

 

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:

Gordon Campbell: On Defence Spending, Alabama, And Dolly Parton

The spending lavished on Defence projects to meet the risks that could maybe, possibly, theoretically face New Zealand in future is breath-taking, given how successive governments have been reluctant to spend even a fraction of those amounts on the nation’s actual social needs. More>>

ALSO:

Members' Bills: End Of Life Choice Bill Passes First Reading

The End of Life Choice Bill in the name of David Seymour has been sent to a select committee for consideration by 76 votes to 44. It is the third time Parliament has voted on the issue in recent decades and the first time such a Bill has made it over the first hurdle. More>>

ALSO:

State Sector: MPI Survives Defrag Of Portfolios

The Ministry for Primary Industries will not be split under the new government, but will instead serve as an overarching body for four portfolio-based entities focused on fisheries, forestry, biosecurity and food safety. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Vulnerable Kids, RNZ Funding, And Poppy

The decision to remove the word ‘vulnerable’ from the Ministry for Vulnerable Children could well mark a whole shift in approach to the care of children in need... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages