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Policing Bill to become law


Please find attached - media release after third reading of Policing Bill was completed this afternoon.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


5 September 2008

Policing Bill to become law

Police today welcomed the passing of the Policing Bill, following conclusion of its third reading with near unanimous party support in the House.

Acting Commissioner Lyn Provost says it is an historic day for New Zealand Police and all the communities it serves.

"Receiving such a resounding vote in Parliament is a welcome indication to Police that the new legislation is well balanced and widely supported."

The Policing Bill now requires Royal Assent to formally become the Policing Act 2008.

"I extend my thanks to everyone who had input into the Bill's development - including Police staff, service organisations, members of the public, government and non-government agencies, and those who guided the Bill through the select committee and parliamentary process," Acting Commissioner Provost says.

A comprehensive implementation plan is well advanced within Police to effect the many changes the new Act will introduce following Royal Assent.

ENDS

 

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