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National Govt ‘keeping Kiwi communities safer’

By Hekia Parata

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With crime at a 33-year low, National is building a safer New Zealand.

We’ve passed new laws on sentencing, parole, gangs, and proceeds of crime.  And we’ve put 600 more Police on the beat. 

With the introduction of Neighbourhood Policing Teams and smartphones and tablets for frontline officers, we’re making sure Police spend more time on crime prevention in their neighbourhoods, and less time on paperwork in the office.

In the entire Wellington District Police District this will save 58,223.00 hours of Police time over one year – like having 38 extra cops on the beat, keeping our streets safer.

Frontline Police foot patrols have also risen 241% in our district over the past two years. 

We’ve focussed the justice system on supporting victims, and developing better, modern, more accessible justice services. 

We have five bills underway to support victims. We want to keep the most serious, high-risk, repeat offenders behind bars, and keep offenders away from their victims. We will create a civil enforcement regime and take-down orders for cyber-bullying, and create harsher penalties for the sexual abuse of children online. 

We’re also championing a code that would outline victims’ rights and services, complaints processes, and the duties of justice sector agencies.

Increased collaboration between Police, the Ministry of Justice, Corrections, and Courts means we are making excellent progress on our priority to deliver better public services for New Zealanders. Our crime and reoffending rates are falling.

Total crime has fallen 17.4 per cent over the past three years.  And since June 2011, violent crime has fallen 9 per cent, youth crime has fallen 22 per cent, and reoffending is down 11.8 per cent.

National is also investing in prisoner rehabilitation, as most prisoners are released back into communities.  If we can give them the opportunity to change their lives while they’re in prison, there’s a greater chance they will stay away from crime when they’re released.

More than 3,700 prisoners will have access to drug and alcohol treatment for their addictions this year.  This will rise to 4,700 next year, up from 234 in 2007/08. That’s an increase of almost 1500 per cent since Labour was in power.

Our Government has been working hard to ensure our communities are safer for everyone.

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