Targeting more asset seizures from criminals

The Minister of Police and the Police are targeting an increase in asset seizures from criminals.  The Government is already promoting this revenue as a means of paying for policy implementation.

On Wednesday the Government announced New addiction treatment facilities for Auckland City Mission

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced Government funding to increase the number of beds available in Auckland for drug and alcohol detoxification by 50 per cent.

Currently there are a total of 20 detox beds funded in the Auckland region, which will be moved to Mission HomeGround once it is complete in two years’ time. All up it will house 30 studio units (15 medical detox beds and 15 social detox beds) – allowing for an increase of ten beds.

The $16.7 million will be drawn from money recovered under the Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act.

“This development will help turn lives around. I can’t think of a better use of the funds recovered from the proceeds of crime than that,” Jacinda Ardern said.

This is a welcome increase in drug addiction facilities.

I didn’t realise that proceeds of seized assets went into a special pot that could be then applied to specific purposes.

A day later stuff reported: Police aim to seize millions from gangs, new cabinet paper reveals

A new police target aiming to seize $500 million from gangs may only serve to further marginalise a hard-to-reach community, those on the inside say.

A Cabinet paper seen by Stuff shows Police Minister Stuart Nash and Police Commissioner Mike Bush have set four new “high-level outcome targets”, while also retaining most of the previous government’s nine performance targets at an operational level.

The targets include $500m in cash and assets seized from gangs and criminals by 2021.

Nash said a small number of key targets would help focus police on priority areas, and since taking on the job, he has been clear about his plan to focus on gang-related crime.

The Government’s aim of confiscating $500m in cash and assets from gangs is an extension of the former National government’s target – $400m by 2021.

It’s a significant increase on the previous target, but not a huge amount. And it must amount to guessing, similar to claims made for a long time from Governments about how much tax evasion they will recover money from.

Last week, Nash told RNZ it was unrealistic to say police would wipe out all gangs.

“What we want to do is go incredibly hard against the gang leaders responsible for these meth rings, or drug rings,” he said.

But Nash refused to talk to Stuff about this issue.

The RNZ article: Insight: Future of Gangs

Police Minister Stuart Nash said it was unrealistic to try to eliminate all gangs, but he wants to “go incredibly hard” against gang leaders who are running drug operations.

He said about 700 police staff would go into the organised crime squad, something he described as “a massive increase in resource.”

An increase in asset seizures is likely to mean an increase in arrests and probably convictions , and an increase in imprisonments – and the Government will need much more than an extra $100 million over four years house the increasing prisoner numbers.

8 Comments

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  June 15, 2018

      That’s an estimate over the members’ lifetimes. The $525m is since 1993, not annually. And it seems to include everything, not just WINZ money.

      Not that that justifies it.

  1. Gezza

     /  June 15, 2018

    Hard to have much confidence in any Police Commissioner’s assurances given that Police priorities seem to constantly be all over the place depending on whatever the government’s changing priorities are. JAG has been publicly demanding more of them get out on the road policing drivers. I’m going to be watching what happens to crime rates as I’m not confident at this stage police will be deterring street crime, like burglaries, car thefts. Good to see they collared some stolen car ram-raiders in Matamata last night though.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  June 15, 2018

      Why doesn’t she put up more speed cameras ?

      It’s hard to see how crime can be deterred.

  2. Kitty Catkin

     /  June 15, 2018

    Aren’t the Head Hunters Aussies ?

    I love the idea of the money going to undo the harm done by these yobs. It could also go to the prisons to cover these criminals’ keep.

    • NOEL

       /  June 15, 2018

      The Head Hunters were formed in 1967, in the East Auckland suburb of Glen Innes as a large multi-ethnic street gang, but later moved its location, and eventually, in 1985, evolved into a Motorcycle Club, before becoming a legally incorporated society in 1996.

      Did a double take yesterday. Heard a few motorcycles behind then three patched members from different gangs passed me without trying to push each other off the road.

      I remember a policeman years ago who said be very careful when they combine together and stop attacking each other.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  June 15, 2018

        I remembered a gang coming here from there, but couldn’t remember who they were.

        I wouldn’t read too much into one incident on the road.

  3. Zedd

     /  June 15, 2018

    If they really want to put ‘The Gangs’.. out of business, as they claim.. they should follow overseas examples & ‘decrim.’ (health care approach) ALL drugs (similar to Portugal) & legally regulate cannabis (similar to many other countries).. all they are doing with the ‘current regime’ is bolstering the black-market.
    I actually wonder if this is their real agenda ? Status quo; keeps many Cops, courts, judges, lawyers, customs & prisons.. ‘gainfully employed’. Oh yes & the black-market gangsters; lining the pockets of corrupt officials too.

    The whole ‘WAR on DRUGS’ thing is being seen in many countries as a FAILURE, but in Aotearoa/NZ it is ‘All hui, but little actual DUI’ (all talk no action)

    It just more of the same ‘Cops V Gangs’.. ad nauseum & all the same old B-S/prohibition rhetoric, creating more harm than it resolves ! 😦