December 13, 2012
Police and iwi leaders set crime reduction targets
Police and iwi leaders have set targets for reductions in Māori offending and traffic casualties.
Police Commissioner Peter Marshall says the Turning of the Tide strategy developed by his Māori focus forum is based on iwi crime and crash plans drawn up by Te Arawa, Ngapuhi, Ngāti Whatua and Tainui.
By 2018 it aims to reduce by 10 percent the proportion of first-time youth and adult offenders who are Māori, by 20 percent the proportion of repeat youth and adult victims and offenders who are Māori, and by 20 percent the proportion of casualties in fatal and serious crashes who are Māori.
He says Māori now make up more than 40 percent of all police apprehensions, more than half of the prison population and more than 20 percent of crash fatalities, despite making up only 15 percent of the general population.
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