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Police short changed over road safety

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 12/04/2016

Police asked for $986 million funding for road safety but came up $26m short, Labour says.

That was because the Transport Agency said it needed some of the money, says police spokesman Stuart Nash.

"Documents obtained by Labour under the Official Information Act show police sought $986m for the 2015/18 period but only got $960m after the Transport Agency argued they were entitled to some of that funding," he said.

"The $960m police received is still $14m short of what it needs just to retain current staffing levels.

Mr Nash says the documents reveal the police were warned the funding cut would mean roads would be less safe.

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