The Bay Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE -

A huge is­sue fac­ing North­land is se­cu­rity on our streets, for our homes and busi­nesses. Lit­tle has changed since NZ First re­vealed re­ported crim­i­nal of­fences in North­land had leapt 66 per­cent from 11,593 in 2008 to over 19,274 last year. North­land po­lice con­tinue to strug­gle due to lack of re­sources and staff hav­ing to work ex­ces­sive hours. Of North­land’s 21 sta­tions, only seven had more than a sin­gle of­fi­cer on con­tin­u­ous duty over a six week pe­riod ear­lier this year. Bur­glars in North­land know they stand a 97 per­cent chance of get­ting away with their crimes. We will com­bat crime by low­er­ing the age of crim­i­nal re­spon­si­bil­ity so we can deal to at-risk youth ear­lier. We’ll have 1800 more front­line po­lice.

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