Government announces big crime crackdown
Tue, 03 Jul 2012 10:25a.m.
The Government is throwing the weight of the justice sector, 22,000 staff and a $3.8 billion budget, behind its crackdown on crime.
The statistics behind the crackdown
The target is that by 2017 the crime rate will be reduced by 15 percent, violent crime by 20 percent, youth crime by five percent and reoffending by 25 percent.
Justice Minister Judith Collins today released details of an "action plan" to achieve those goals.
"We know a lot about crime - where it tends to occur, who it tends to affect, and the underlying factors that contribute to criminal behaviour," she said.
"We're taking what we know and turning it into comprehensive action across the justice and wider social sectors."
Ms Collins says the targets are ambitious because reductions have already been gained and continuing to reduce crime will become more difficult each year.
"We're throwing the weight of the justice sector, 22,000 staff and a budget of $3.8 billion each year, behind these targets - this is about locking in success and keeping crime falling," she said.
Prime Minister John Key says achieving the targets will mean 112,000 fewer crimes, 19,000 fewer violent crimes and 1500 fewer young people appearing in court over the next five years.
Specific actions include:
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4/07/2012 8:31:42 a.m.
Fair NZer wrote:
High time this action is taken as too many Police Reports have been either ignored or too busy to attend...
3/07/2012 6:24:46 p.m.
Brilliant! Millions, and millions of dollars wasted on high profile cases brought by Police and lost recently-where they have demonstrated their professional inability-and this action plan contains nothing about crime the general public hasn't been well aware of for years- as usual, too little too late
3/07/2012 6:18:24 p.m.
So many rednecks who believe people on welfare are their for a free feed instead of a hand up... amazes me how many stupid people National are able to convince to vote for them... like John... oh and by the way John... its "buy" drugs not by drugs.
3/07/2012 4:48:49 p.m.
HA HA HA some people are just dreamers.
3/07/2012 4:33:59 p.m.
let the police police the offenders not being social workers delivering food parcels to those who will always have there hands out for a free feed. The same people can always afford to by their drugs and have more children its about time the goverment started measruring the cost of that!
3/07/2012 3:47:06 p.m.
The Govt does need to help break the cycle in all these areas, and rehabilitation and helping people change and come off drugs is a positive thing - these people usually aren't able to work even if jobs were created, but this will enable them to live their life drug free, get job training and help them into the work place.
3/07/2012 2:56:24 p.m.
Really mental health checks for 4 yr olds, how can any mental health expert suggest with a straight face that such a thing could provide useful results---laughable..once again we fall for the latest 'californian'fad presented by some glib academic making outlandish unsupported and unsupportable claims---satanic abuse anyone???? Though of course there are always career prospects for snake oil salesmen here.
3/07/2012 1:45:30 p.m.
The compulsary mental heath checks of our 4 year olds will then provide the government more ammo to follow them into their lives and state which child will be a criminal. Are you happy with that? I bet alot of you are. How about the government help create a better country with jobs better housing and opportunities and not just for the well off people. Instead of focusing on the negative.
3/07/2012 12:26:16 p.m.
"We know a lot about crime - where it tends to occur, who it tends to affect, and the underlying factors that contribute to criminal behaviour," she said
How about this govt stops causing people to lose their jobs? And how about a bit more hope?
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