Police numbers increased to combat serious and organised crime

This has already been signalled, but Police Minister Stuart Nash has released details on a push to police serious and organised crime and gangs more.


Extra police to combat organised crime

The deployment of 500 extra Police to target organised crime will make significant inroads to efforts to reduce victimisation and improve the wellbeing of our communities, says Police Minister Stuart Nash.

“The Commissioner of Police has today revealed details of how the additional frontline officers will be allocated as part of the unprecedented effort to prevent and combat serious and organised crime,” says Mr Nash.

“Areas of focus include disrupting trans-national criminal groups, national and local gangs, cyber-crime, money laundering and child exploitation. The purpose is to prevent crime and reduce the harm to our communities from the supply of drugs, serious violence and other offending.”

“The 500 extra specialist police are part of the Coalition Agreement with New Zealand First to strive for 1800 extra officers. Gangs and disruption of organised crime was also identified as a priority area in the Coalition Agreement. Extra officers at both district and national level will truly make a difference in our communities.

“Organised criminals and gangs are supplying methamphetamine to our communities with no regard for the significant harm it causes, and these extra police will be going after them.

“Police will be targeting our most serious offenders and criminal leaders to take them off the street. We need to cut the head off the snake. But police will also be looking to help others on the periphery of gang life and other vulnerable people to get the help they need to fight addiction, break the cycle, and improve their lives.”

A further 200 district-based officers will support the focus on preventing organised crime. The new investment also provides for the specialist skills and the tools required for effective 21st-century policing, including the latest technology to combat organised crime.

“The Government’s long term plan makes it a priority to improve the wellbeing of families and communities. We are focussing on preventing crime and reducing reoffending in order to keep our communities safe”, Mr Nash says.

http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/unprecedented-drive-combat-serious-and-organised-crime

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16 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  September 26, 2018

    They’re not going far enough for someone here:
    Call for crackdown on gangs
    Police need to drop their “PC” approach to “gang goons” and start using the law they have to hit them where it hurts. That’s the call from Rotorua’s Rendall Jack, the father of murder victim Israel Jack who was reportedly killed at the hands of gang members and prospects, and former high ranking police officer Detective Inspector Graham Bell.

    Rendall Jack said New Zealand already had legislation which allowed police to come down hard on gangs. Yet, in his opinion, the police didn’t use it often enough.

    His calls for tougher policing are backed by Bell, who said he had watched the police develop a “softly softly” approach to policing gangs over the years. He said good old-fashioned, front-line policing that constantly harassed patched gang members needed to be brought back and made a priority.

    Rendall Jack said while it was great police were targeting organised criminal networks, they needed to “hit the gangs where it hurts” by targeting the symbol that they stood for – their patches. “Gang patches and insignia signify membership, involvement in, and allegiance to a criminal organisation. One that is in the business of dealing drugs.”

    Tough policing of legislation that banned criminal gang patches, insignia, colours and consorting of gang members and affiliates in any public place would their ability to intimidate and terrorise in public, advertise their territorial drug businesses and appeal to and recruit prospects.

    He said recent Department of Corrections figures showed gang numbers in prisons had soared from 2362 five years ago to 4302 in March this year. The new figures showed 40 per cent of the total prison muster had gang links, he said.

    “Let’s outlaw identified criminal gangs and ban consorting, patches and insignia, so they become the ones looking over their shoulder. Make the patch a target everywhere in public and empower the public.”
    More …
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12131417

    • NOEL

       /  September 26, 2018

      Big legislative problem has been defining what’s a gang.
      As an interim have the law reqire anyone wearing a patch, gang or otherwise carriy a patch card which they have to purchase.
      I’m sure the old geezers motorcyle club wouldn’t mind the imposition for the greater good.

      • Gezza

         /  September 26, 2018

        I don’t think that’s too big a problem. You just pass a regulation allowing a new prohibited gang to be specified by the responsible authority like the Minister, or Commissioner, of Police. From the article:

        “In 2013 the Prohibition of Gang Insignia Government Premises Bill, introduced by Rotorua MP Todd McClay, was passed.

        It banned gang insignia in public spaces such as schools and swimming pools and gave police power to seize gang patches and official colours of at least 36 named gangs. Offenders face a $2000 fine.”

        Mind you I don’t think this idea of outlawing gangs is going to get off the ground – but I’d have no problems with it personally.

      • Gezza

         /  September 26, 2018

        When I was coming back from getting an ultrasound scan at Welly a couple of weeks ago in the free shuttle from Welly to Kenepuru Hospitals, there was only me and a young Maori mum in it, and we struck up a conversation. It started off being about Serena Williams and her tanty at losing the US Open, because it was mentioned on the news on the driver’s radio.
        (She thought it had nothing to do with sexism, Serena was a cow and a sore loser; “ruining that poor Japanese girl’s big day”.)

        Anyway the conversation continued and I think she said something about she used to admire her but that was really poor role modelling for kids. She then announced out of the blue that she’d had a “terrible upbringing – a lot of violence”. And that when she and her partner got together they decided right at the outset that they were never going to do that to their kids (they have 3).

        At some point towards the end I said “I don’t think the gangs help. Too many kids get sucked into them and they seem to perpetuate the problem”.” I’d like to see them outlawed”.

        “My partner’s a gang member” she said. (Oops – awkward).

        “Oh”, I said. “Which one”?
        “Black Power.”

        “Oh well”, I said, struggling a bit for where to go next, ” I suppose at least they’re not as bad as the Mongrels”.

        “How do your kids know which gang members they should look up to – which are the good ones and which are the bad ones?”

        “Well, yes – that’s a point”, she said.

        Anyway just then the van pulled in to Kenepuru and I thanked her for her company and conversation and she said she’d enjoyed it too and we both amicably told each other to take care with a smile and a wave.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  September 26, 2018

          We had Black Power next door but one in our other house and they were very good neighbours. The father and husband was ‘away’ from time to time, but he was a very nice and charming man (and handsome) His wife was a lovely kind woman.

          I met one of the girls later when she was manager of a furniture shop, Another was in the news when her partner beat her so badly that she was in a coma (an induced one). I suspect that the son may well have ended up inside.

          I agree about Miss Williams; what a spoilt brat, Little Miss Entitled. Her poor sportsmanship will be what people remember, not the victory of the girl whose big day was ruined by that bossy, selfish, poor loser.

  2. Blazer

     /  September 26, 2018

    ‘….murder victim Israel Jack who was reportedly killed at the hands of gang members and prospects, and former high ranking police officer Detective Inspector Graham Bell.’

    Doesn’t say alot for…Bell.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  September 26, 2018

      Note the comma.

      It might have been better to have his name first, I must admit, for clarity….not that I thought that he had dunnit.

  3. PartisanZ

     /  September 26, 2018

    The government could easily get twice the bang or more for these police bucks by simply laying off cannabis … re-legalize, control and tax it …

    Their continued efforts to locate and cut-off the supply of cannabis exacerbates the demand for meth, synthetics and some licit drugs [opiods?] being provided by so-called “organised crime” ….

    Incidentally, it must take a lot more “intelligence gathering” in the USA where organized crime is largely a mafioso-and-cartel-style activity … Men in suits … Often extremely rich men in suits …

    So much easier here – where apparently “gangs” and “organised crime” are roughly equivalent … and the gang members clearly identify themselves …

    • NOEL

       /  September 26, 2018

      Have to decriminalize meth at the same time. Gangs. Cannibis has become a side show earner for gangs.

      • PartisanZ

         /  September 26, 2018

        And you know this …. how?

        Yes, we should follow Portugal and others and ‘legalise’ all drugs … then treat addiction and other problems as health issues … It isn’t simple … and the same rules, regulations and proportionate ‘harm taxes’ – of which there’d be many – also need to apply to our worst ‘drug’ by far … alcohol … [72% harmful to self-and-others compared to cannabis 20%]

        Every year that goes by, despite all the “tough on crime”, extra police, stiffer sentences, build more gaols and conservative Rightie ‘fear-mongering’ rhetoric, more and more people [ie our children and mokopuna] get hooked on meth and synthetic shit because they can’t obtain natural cannabis and other much less harmful ‘highs’ …

        Meantime a whole enormous cohort of the population who only want to use cannabis medicinally and therapeutically are criminalized …

        What sorta fucken sense does any of this make?

  4. Sunny

     /  September 26, 2018

    What? I thought the Ardern was against a war on drugs and that the criminal justice system hadn’t worked, and we were all going to be educated and it was to be dealt with as a health issue. “If we want to get to the issue, we actually have to look at what drives people’s drug use in the first place,” Ms Ardern told The AM Show on Tuesday. “It’s one thing to look at supply – dealing with people who are using solely through the criminal justice system hasn’t worked”

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