1,059 new police now needed

The major policy concession NZ First got from Labour was the pledge for 1,000 more police.

However current numbers are actually 59 below last June.

This leaves the Government with just over two years to increase numbers by 1,000. Now one will have natural attrition of perhaps 500 in that time, so in reality the Government has to recruit 1,500 police officers in 24 months.

I’m not sure this can be done. I hope they do, but I think they have left it too late.

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