July 16, 2014
Step up for Maori police
The police are readying for a big push to reduce Maori crime.
Superintendant Wally Haumaha, the manager for Maori, Pacific and ethnic services, says police are starting to see the results of the Turning the Tide strategy, which involves working more closely with iwi and Maori communities.
He says the next step is to appoint a Maori responsiveness manager at inspector level for each of the 12 police districts.
"So in every district we will have an inspector sitting right at the management table alongside the District Commander, and he will be held accountable, along with others, to ensure that they monitor, they implement the right programs to have an effect on the state of reducing harm, reducing offending, reducing victimisation in each of their communities across this country," he says.
Wally Haumaha says the police can make a big difference over the next three years if they can reduce Maori youth offending, keep people from getting into the criminal justice system, and reduce the number of victims, especially Maori women and children.
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