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Police crack down on Auckland waggers

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 5/03/2017

A new police operation is aiming to stop children across Auckland from skipping school in a bid to reduce crime.

Over the next two weeks, police patrols will be in place in areas where children who skip school are known to hang out.

It's believed a small number of the truants are involved in committing a range of crimes, from petty to serious levels, including burglary.

Truancy itself is not a criminal offence, but Inspector David Glossop said there was a correlation between truancy and youths being offenders, or victims of crime.

"Police will be working closely with our partner agencies, including the Ministry of Education and truancy service providers, to ensure we have a plan moving forward to try and keep these youths engaged."

Attending school sets children up for life, Ministry of Education deputy secretary of sector enablement and support Katrina Casey said.

"Getting a qualification is one of the basic building blocks for success and regular attendance at school makes all the difference."

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