So it turns out Judith Collins is letting organised criminals off the hook as she insists the Police make burglary a priority.
If you’re the minister, and notice the police aren’t managing to cope in one area after successive funding freezes, you can:
a) fund them so that they can get to it
b) keep their funds frozen, and divert them from something else
And apparently ‘something else’ usually ends up being organised crime.
An anonymous police officer has written in the police association newsletter:
“We’re robbing Peter to pay Paul and the sums don’t add up. If we want to make a dent in these burglary stats, perhaps shutting down a squad focusing on organised crime isn’t the way to go.”
“If I believed we had the capacity to attend every burglary, I’d be 100 percent behind this idea, but we’re only chasing our tails. The only solution is more staff. With successive frozen budgets, we’re at rock bottom.”
There is a party promising 1000 more police. Labour can see that the police, like the rest of the civil service, is starved. And the cracks are really starting to show, just like they are in health and elsewhere.