INDEPENDENT NEWS

Be Honest About Police Budget

Published: Sun 20 May 2012 11:23 AM
Kris FAAFOI
Police spokesperson
20 May 2012
MEDIA STATEMENT
Be Honest About Police Budget
Police Minister Anne Tolley should be honest about the front line effect of this year's Budget, Labour's Police spokesperson Kris Faafoi said today.
"A zero increase for police means it must fund inflationary cost rises, a wage round negotiation and competency service increments (CSI) from the same pot of money it has operated on in recent years.
"That is going to put immense pressure on the delivery of front line services," Kris Faafoi said.
"At the Law and Order Select Committee’s financial review of police earlier this year, police top brass projected CSI increases would cost $170 million over four years, and a 3 per cent wage increase would cost around $300 million over the same period.
"That means police are being forced to find savings of around $120 million per annum.
"So essentially the Minister is fooling nobody - this is a Budget cut,” Kris Faafoi said.
"Front line officers are worried. They are telling me they are stretched, and resourcing is becoming an issue.
"Police Association President Greg O'Connor, put it well in this month's Police Association publication when he said; 'There is no fat, as the Martin review found in 1999 and every review has since confirmed’.
"Mr O'Connor went on to say that 'the Government will end up wearing the blame from unhappy voters once our own equivalent of a production crisis - service reduction - starts to affect them’.
"The Government knows what is coming. But it is trying to play it down by saying that 125 non- sworn staff will lose their jobs. That's not the truth - and the Police Minister should be honest about that,” Kris Faafoi said.
ENDS

Next in New Zealand politics

PREFU Shows Economy Doing Better Than Forecast
By: New Zealand Government
PM Statement On Cabinet COVID-19 Alert Level Review
By: New Zealand Government
Greens Unveil $297m Fund To Support Sustainable Food And Farming
By: Green Party
National Releases Its Plan To Restore NZ’s Prosperity
By: New Zealand National Party
New Zealand First Party List
By: New Zealand First Party
Arriving Travellers In Isolation To Be Able To Vote By Telephone
By: Electoral Commission
National To Invest In Our Children’s Future
By: New Zealand National Party
Numerous Arrests Following Investigation Into Historical Offending At Auckland School
By: New Zealand Police
An Extra 100,000 New Zealanders To Lose Their Jobs Under Labour
By: New Zealand National Party
New Zealand First – ‘Experience Needed Now More Than Ever’
By: New Zealand First Party
CTU Take On Pre-election Economic And Fiscal Update
By: Council of Trade Unions
PREFU Reveals Higher Debt And Unemployment, Lower Growth
By: ACT New Zealand
New Zealand First ‘Agrees To Disagree’ On Alert Level 2 Decision
By: New Zealand First Party
Alert Level 2 Continuation A Slap In The Face To New Zealanders
By: ACT New Zealand
Now Isn’t The Time To Be Making Life Harder For Farmers
By: New Zealand National Party
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILE © Scoop Media