So the plan to screw down police wages isn’t working, and National are having to keep going with their other approach. But not everyone is taking death by 1000 cuts lying down.
So apparently the police is no longer a service and should be run like a business. If we follow that logic, those who pay a bit more should get faster service? Why do National think the business model fits everything? When you’ve only got a hammer everything looks like a nail, but most of government can’t be measured purely on the bottom line.
In reality it means the cops have to cop cuts and not complain. Even though with the loss of non-sworn staff the frontline won’t be on the frontline, but behind a desk doing paperwork. And when they do go out, they won’t have back-up, leaving them at risk. Because they won’t have time to be out there doing safe preventative work or investigating your burglary, they’ll be going out there only for the serious people trouble.
On the plus side, the crime rate will drop. With no-one to investigate things like drug crime, the crimes won’t be found, so they won’t show up in the stats.
But, like in health, it will be preventative work that suffers and builds up problems for the future. It’s the way National do it – cut back on infrastructure & maintenance; prevention & long-term solutions. Push them off to the never-never, maybe let the next Labour government start them so they can take the credit when they next get back in…