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Big investment means another 448 new police cars

28 December 2001 Media Statement

Big investment means another 448 new police cars

Additional spending of $16.65 million announced today will enable Police to buy about 448 new police cars in 2001/02, said Police Minister George Hawkins.

“This Government wants excellent results from police, and to get results Police need the tools for the job – including safe and modern vehicles.

“Unfortunately, the National Government was happy to cut spending on vehicles to bankroll the failed INCIS system – for example, only 140 police cars were replaced in 1996/97. That kind of under spending created a run-down and unreliable police fleet, which we are still working to upgrade.

“Luckily for New Zealanders, the Labour Alliance government is absolutely committed to providing police with the vehicles they need, and we have put money where our mouth is.

“For example, in the 2000/01 year, we invested over $17 million on new cars for police. And earlier this month we celebrated the final rollout of the Highway Patrol, where a government investment of $76.5 million has provided 183 dedicated Highway Patrol vehicles throughout the country.

“Under this Government, police are achieving great results – crime is down, and resolution rates are up. And with our continuing investment in resources for police, I am sure we can look forward to more great work,” said Mr Hawkins.


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