Police Association delegates, Association life members and staff, representatives from overseas jurisdictions.
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Our roads will be more dangerous after the Police lost $26 million funding for road safety following a scrap with the Transport Agency, Labour’s Police spokesperson Stuart Nash says.
“Documents obtained by Labour under the Official Information Act show Police sought $986 million funding for the 2015/18 period but only got $960 million after the Transport Agency argued they were entitled to some of that funding.
The Government’s announcement that Serco will pay back some of the profits made from mismanaging our prisons is confirmation that National’s privatisation experiment is a complete failure, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis.
“This shows just how much of a mess Judith Collins created and she should admit it’s failed.
John Key’s out-of-court settlement with photographer Bradley Ambrose is incredibly embarrassing and he should have the decency to apologise, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says.
“Night after night John Key smeared Bradley Ambrose on television in the middle of a high-profile political campaign. By taking the purely political decision to attack an innocent New Zealand taxpayer he made it difficult for Mr Ambrose to get work.
Judith Collins’ latest cop-out is to blame parents for the appallingly low burglary resolution rates when the reality is police are way too stretched to solve them, says Labour’s Police Spokesman Stuart Nash.
“Ms Collins has got it wrong again, saying in Parliament today the parents of burglars are the reason less than one in 10 robberies are resolved.
The Law and Order Select Committee inquiry into the illegal possession of firearms in New Zealand is welcome but must be robust, timely and deliver solutions that ensure our police are protected, says Labour’s Police spokesman Stuart Nash.
“We need to know how widespread firearm possession is among criminals, and how criminals, including gangs, and those who do not have a licence get hold of guns.