If Ms Bennett Won't Front To National Party Kaikohe Meeting Winston Peters Will
If the National Party’s Kaikohe branch wants the facts on their lack of policing they won’t get it from the current Minister of Police, says New Zealand First.
“If Minister Bennett is not prepared to front her own party in Kaikohe on this important matter then I would,” says New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland, Rt Hon Winston Peters.
“What I will tell them is what they know and that is National’s management by crisis.
“Last October Kaitaia blew up in a media storm with police officers being surged into that town ‘for a year’ the Commissioner said at the time.
“Yet the police rosters we have show a decline in policing since the beginning of 2017 for not just Kaitaia but Kerikeri and Kaikohe too. This government is so tight with police finances that there are policing gaps at times when local toe rags get up to their mischief.
“As former Police Minister Judith Collins, who at least knew her brief better than this current one said once: ‘Nothing good happens after 3am’. Yet these are the periods this government is not funding police to be out there fighting crime,” says Mr Peters.
Analysis of Police Rosters by New Zealand First
For the 24-hour periods 11 December 2016 to 17 January 2017 Kaikohe Kerikeri Kaitaia
Before New Year’s (average number of officers on duty) 4.1 5.1 4.8
After New Year’s (average number of officers on duty) 2.5 1.6 3.8
Before New Year’s (peak number of officers on duty) 15 16 17
After New Year’s (peak number of officers on duty) 9 7 13
Minimum number of officers on duty (before and after New Year’s) 0 0 0
Revised Police OIA received 24 March 2017