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What they say about the police package

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 2/02/2017

WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT THE $503M POLICE PACKAGE

"Demand for traditional police services is growing, and complex and serious crime is absorbing more police time." - Prime Minister Bill English

"By focusing on specific areas we will deliver a more responsive police service, prevent crime and victimisation, resolve more crimes, and more effectively target criminal gangs and organised crime." - Police Minister Paula Bennett

"We can deliver more to support victims, prevent crime and hold offenders to account. The investment will see an increase in resourcing for every police district." - Police Commissioner Mike Bush

"National is playing desperate catch-up after we backed him into a corner. Labour welcomes more police, but National had to be dragged kicking and screaming to today's announcement." - Labour leader Andrew Little

"This package shows the government has done its homework, and while ideally we would like the extra staff immediately, knowing that the cavalry is on its way will be a positive for police in making future plans." - Police Association president Chris Cahill

"The public won't be fooled. Some namby pamby social measures announced today will not help them one iota." - NZ First leader Winston Peters

"Announcing more cops is the right thing to do, but it is hardly riveting stuff." - ACT leader David Seymour

"The new prime minister didn't talk about the housing crisis, or stagnant wages, or polluted rivers and lakes - these issues aren't going to go away." - Greens' co-leader James Shaw.

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