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Police Minister denies redundancies

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 23/03/2017

Police Minister Paula Bennett has been forced to deny claims up to 200 police are facing redundancy, but says the future of almost 40 jobs is being consulted on.

New Zealand First deputy leader and police spokesman Ron Mark says he's been advised up to 90 highway patrol jobs are set to go, as well as 26 vehicle investigation positions.

"Road safety is critically important and the New Zealand public must feel confident that we have sufficient highway patrol police to make that possible," he said.

But while Ms Bennett claimed Mr Mark was "way off the mark" when it came to the 200 redundancies, she said the future of some positions were being considered.

"Police are consulting about 26 vehicle investigator positions and 10 motorway support officers but this is just a consultation and absolutely no decisions have been made," she said.

"What I can make an assurance is about, is that there's no way 200 staff are facing redundancy."

The government announced last month that 1125 additional police officers would be deployed across New Zealand.

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