National says it
supports the comments of an Australian police officer that
New Zealand's soft laws toward gangs make it a target after
a crack down on gangs in Australia.
"Fred Gere's comments
to the Police Association conference are exactly right -New
Zealand needs to be vigilant over gangs. We've been saying
for some time that our law is too soft on gangs," says
National Police Spokesman Tony Ryall.
"A review of laws on
assets seizure next year is far too late to be taking
action. P for example, is escalating as a problem by the
week. By next year gangs will have pushed another $200m of
drugs out onto the streets. "Police also need more
resources to process prosecutions, where there is a large
backlog in prosecuting drug dealers. The two specialist
units starting in six months is not soon enough.
Zealand should follow Australia's lead in toughening up on
laws to curtail gangs. Otherwise we'll become a victim of
growing gang activity as pointed out by the Australian
expert today," Mr Ryall says.
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