November 13, 2019
Community partners strengthen police strategy
Maori community partners are being seen as critical to the refreshed police Maori strategy,
Assistant commissioner Wally Haumaha says Te Huringa o Te Tai builds on the Turning the Tide strategy in place since 2012, which has resulted in more that 3000 offenders being dealt with by Te Pae Oranga or iwi and community panels.
He says it can be more effective to spend the money up front in programmes like driver licensing rather than down the track in the criminal justice system.
“My focus is about supporting those people who understand the problem and have huge empathy in dealing with the offenders and knowing just how problematic the issues are that they are facing in their homes and in their communities,” Mr Haumaha says.
Wally Haumaha says the focus has to be on keeping the Maori community safe.
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