May 25, 2015
Police cuts risk to community safety
The Greens’ police spokesperson says the Government is starving the police of the resources they need to keep communities.
Dave Clendon says the $164 million in the Budget spread over four years, isn’t enough to keep up with inflation.
He says there have been positive changes in police culture,especially towards Maori, but on crime prevention and community policing it could be undermined if individual officers feel unsupported.
"The young ones we need to keep them away from the gangs away from the drugs and everything. Get them involved in sport and positive activities. The police are an important partner in the initiatives that are seeking to get our young guys particularly on the straight and narrow. If the police are to be really effective partners they've got to be supported they've got to be in the communities" hes says.
David Clendon says cutting the number of community constables is a shortsighted and dangerous.
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