Darroch Ball - One Year in Government

 

 

It has been a year of significant achievements for New Zealand First and our coalition partner. We have worked hard to execute our vision and make real change to the country.

As New Zealand First’s Law and Order Spokesperson, it has been rewarding to be a part of a Government which is making reforms to better support New Zealanders and make our communities safer.

We have committed to the single biggest investment in Policing in our history, striving for 1800 extra Police over three years. The goal is ambitious, but badly needed, in order to restore lost capacity in the Police force after nine years of National neglect. Every region in the country will receive a boost to police staffing. We want to have police out on the beat, in the community, to prevent crimes and respond to calls when issues arise. We have also committed extra resources to tackle gangs and organised crime.

New Zealand First has maintained its principles and its unique voice in Parliament over the course of a very important year. We have always taken a firm stance on law and order, and accordingly we pushed to keep the Three Strikes law. We believe this law sends a clear message to the most serious offenders, and considers victims.

We also know that in order to fix the broken justice system and the growing prison population that we inherited, we need wide-ranging reforms and we will not shy away from this.

I look forward to another successful year in Government building on the progress we have already made in the law and order space. The need to make lives better for New Zealanders and allow them to feel secure in their communities gives us the motivation to forge ahead and build on our successes.

 

 

 

 

Darroch.Ball@parliament.govt.nz

 

 

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