Being safe in our homes and safe in our communities is part of the Kiwi dream. Under National, that is under threat. For years, National has under-funded Police and crime is getting out of control.
There are fewer Police Officers today than there were in 2014, even though the population of New Zealand has grown by 170,000 in the past two years. Community police stations have been closed. 86% of Police Association members say that front line Police are under resourced.
The result has been a massive increase in crime: burglaries are up 32% since August 2014 – that’s an extra 50 burglaries each day. Assaults are up 8% and thefts up 3%, while robberies are up a staggering 66%. Despite promises of a ‘War on P’, that drug is now more readily available and cheaper. Just one in twenty burglaries are now solved and the offender taken to court.
Labour will change that. We will hire an additional 1,000 police officers.
This will bring the total number of Police Officers to 10,000, which will bring the police to population ratio back below the international standard of 1 to 500.
Labour will work with Police to ensure that these additional Police Officers are concentrated on the crimes that have got out of control under National, and restore community policing.
Investigations into assaults and, in particular, sexual assaults will get more police resources so that the criminals who perpetrate these crimes and hurt New Zealanders are brought to justice.
Burglaries and robberies will be prioritised so that families and businesses are safe.
The suppliers of P will be targeted with Police having more resources to break the operations bringing that drug into the country.
New Zealanders deserve to feel safe in their homes; safe in their neighbourhoods. Labour will back our Police to get back on top of crime, and restore safety to our communities.
As well as committing funding for 1,000 more Police, Labour will address the causes of crime through its policies to create more jobs and lift incomes, reduce poverty, make education and training more readily available to young people, and better resourcing for health including mental health and addiction services. Labour believes that investing in vital public services, including health, education, housing, and police is more important than National’s plan for reckless tax cuts.