Judith Collins seems to have paid the price for the shocking rise in crime under National, says Labour's Police spokesman Stuart Nash.
"At the end of May, Judith Collins signed off on the Police's four year strategic plan, which included a forecast of no more police until at least 2020. She then claimed, in June, that she was developing a proposal for more police. This showed a minister who wasn't on top of her portfolio.
"Here we are, six months later, and heading into one of the busiest times for our Police men and women. Burglaries are still rising, resolution rates still below 10%, officers are stressed, and there are still no more Police. It is totally unacceptable.
“During her unsuccessful tilt at the National leadership, Judith Collins blamed Bill English for the failure to recruit more Police.
"National seems to have finally woken up to this sorry state of affairs and hence the Police portfolio has gone to the Deputy Prime Minister.
"I hope, for the sake of the Police and the diverse communities they serve, that Paula Bennett gets a grip on the police portfolio quicker than it took her to get her head around housing.
"The police are in crisis and we need more police urgently, that’s why Labour will recruit 1,000 more officers to keep our communities safe,” says Mr Nash.