New Zealand Labour Party

Police Minister all platitudes no detail

The Police Minister must explain where the budget for new police officers is coming from after continuously obfuscating, Labour’s Police spokesperson Stuart Nash says.

“Judith Collins admitted today that she did not try and get funding for extra police this past budget. The Four Year plan she approved in May also has no increase forecast for police numbers until at least 2020. Yet she somehow claims this wasn’t a mistake.

“The Minister can’t continue to give vague answers and avoid straight questions, but the numbers are clear. Budget 2016 provided for no extra police.

“The increase of $299.2m has been earmarked for the following:

$279.9 million or 93.5% is for Police pay increases.

$8.2 million or 2.7% is for the child protection offenders register development and operating costs.

$6.4 million or 2.1% is to ensure Police comply with the provisions of the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009.

$4.7 million or 1.6% is to cover the first two years of the new operating costs of Christchurch’s Justice and Emergency Services Precinct.

“While it’s fantastic that police are finally going to get paid what they’re worth, there is no provision for an increase in actual police numbers.

“Ms Collins says police resourcing is adequate ‘at the moment’ but then she was reported as saying ‘we do need more police’. Both statements can’t be correct.

“New Zealanders need more than platitudes. New Zealand needs a Police Minister who will front up, be honest and provide an actual plan and timeline to make our communities safer,” Stuart Nash says.