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High retention skewing targeted police numbers

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Judith Collins
Judith Collins

Wellington, June 16 NZPA - High retention of police staff through the recession has led to some police districts exceeding targeted staff numbers, but numbers are falling back into line, Police Minister Judith Collins says.

Labour's law and order spokesman Clayton Cosgrove said in Parliament today that eight of 12 police districts would have fewer staff in 2011 than in 2009.

The Government had a cynical commitment to protecting the public Mr Cosgrove said, adding that Counties-Manukau and Christchurch were the only regions forecast to have more police by the end of next year.

"National went into the last election with a sham law and order policy. It promised to fund 600 extra police and said it would put 300 of them into south Auckland."

Counties-Manukau was the only part of the promise kept, he said.

Ms Collins said retention of police staff was at an all-time high and it was affecting the target figures.

The Government had committed to adding 300 extra police in Counties-Manukau by the end of this year and 300 for the rest of the country by the end of 2011.

Overall, 396 extra police had been deployed around the country since December 1, 2008, but staffing numbers were now being brought back into line.

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