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Police Vehicle Fleet To Be Reduced In Size

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Wellington, June 16 NZPA - Police are reducing the number of cars they use as part of a bid to save $2.5 million, Police Minister Judith Collins said today.

The New Zealand Herald reported today that up to 10 percent of the force's 3397 vehicles could be cut and not replaced.

Ms Collins said police were trying to be responsible in how they managed their budget and believed they could find some savings in their transport budget.

"My preference is not, obviously, for squad cars to be cut but they're certainly looking for some (cuts)," Ms Collins said.

The budget had included a $160 million increase over four years to boost police numbers and operating capability.

"I can't imagine there can be any reduction in (frontline) cars because there were an extra 43 in the budget."

There would be one car for every three officers and Ms Collins had been assured the cuts would not affect frontline services.

"They know it's tough economic times and they are one of the few departments that had a real win in this budget -- with Tasers, extra police and digital radios."

Labour's police spokesman Clayton Cosgrove said police would not make cuts unless ordered to.

"Now we find out there is going to be some extra cops in Manukau but they're not going to have vehicles," Mr Cosgrove said.

"I've been advised that they've been told they've got to cut about $21m out of the police budget... You can't have police without batons, vests and cars, it just doesn't make sense."

Police would not comment on the cuts today.

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