New Zealand

Delivering our promises, more than 2000 new Police - Fletcher Tabuteau

A total delivery of 2,000 new Police Officers has been achieved.

New Zealand First Deputy Leader, Fletcher Tabuteau attended the latest police graduation of Recruit Wing 335 in Porirua today.

Mr Tabuteau said, "Increasing police numbers and boosting their resources was one of the first orders of the day in Government for New Zealand First.

"Today’s milestone represents the continuation of New Zealand First's proud legacy of supporting our men and women in blue while in Government.

"In Government in 1996, we increased police numbers by 500. In 2005, we increased police numbers by 1000. Now, our Coalition Government has delivered the largest expansion in frontline police numbers in over a century.

"We’ve already exceeded nine years of National’s police recruiting efforts in just 24 months.

"Under National, as the population increased by over 500,000 there was only 200 more police put on.

"In the nine years of the previous Government, police funding was frozen.

"So frankly, National’s purported ‘tough on gangs’ rhetoric is nonsense because we know boosting police numbers is a key pillar in addressing gangs and organised crime.

"Since October 2017, we have raised police funding to over $2 billion.

"That's the effect of having New Zealand First in Government," said Mr Tabuteau.

New Police Constables have been deployed to Districts as follows:

Northland 103

Waitemata 226

Auckland City 206

Counties Manukau 316

Waikato 178

Bay of Plenty 160

Central 180

Eastern 76

Wellington 242

Tasman 29

Canterbury 186

Southern 121

Recruit Wing 335 graduates in Porirua today.