Now more than ever the government should be focused on ensuring there are enough police officers to stop criminals offending.
In Newmarket alone, we are seeing an increase in retailers being targeted by shoplifters.
This Government has overseen a rapid increase in the number of people joining gangs since it took office, but it’s no closer to achieving its promise of 1800 extra police on the beat.
In fact, it’s given up entirely.
The Prime Minister promised New Zealanders her Government would deliver 1800 additional police officers to the force. That is additional recruitment, accounting for police officers who leave each year.
The Government has been clear on this promise.
With gang membership on the rise and serious crime increasing, having these extra cops in our community is incredibly important.
But after two years, the Government has only managed to add 716. There’s no way it can somehow add a further 1000 cops in less than a year.
So this week, the Government shifted the goal posts.
Now Stuart Nash is simply counting every person who has been through the Police college and ignoring the many hundreds of experienced police officers who have resigned over the past two years.
The problem comes down to the Government, it doesn’t have a plan when it comes to law and order.
In fact, the only policy it does have is to reduce the number of people in prisons, but it has no plan to reduce crime first.
This government is failing the New Zealanders who want safer communities, but also the Police who have been planning for these additional resources.
When the Minister claims his Government is ‘winning’ when it comes to reducing crime and cracking down on gangs, that’s a slap in the face to the Kiwis who can see more gang members in their communities, but not enough Police on the streets to stop criminals offending.
It’s not fair on Kiwis. They deserve delivery from their Government.
National has always been the party of law and order. We’re currently undertaking the largest policy development process by an Opposition ever.