国家党警察事务发言人克里斯·毕晓普（Chris Bishop）指出，政府警察部长斯图尔特·纳什（Stuart Nash）和副总理温斯顿·彼得斯（Winston Peters）8月20日做出的关于新增1800名警员的重大声明，是杜撰故事。
“在新增警员费用支出问题上，纳什部长也不靠谱，他本人和杰辛达 · 阿德恩（Jacinda Ardern）总理都曾因胡乱编造数字而被曝光。
“工党和优先党放弃的目标包括警方于案发48小时内对98% 的入室盗窃案做出反应、95% 的新西兰民众居住在距警方全年无休执勤点25公里范围内等。如果这些目标能够实现，那么我们的社区安全将会发生真正变化。遗憾的是，政府却不愿意有所担当。”
Small increase in frontline cops over five years
Today’s big announcement by Police Minister Stuart Nash and Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters about 1800 new police officers is another example of spin over substance, National’s Police spokesperson Chris Bishop says.
“Mr Nash trumpeted this as a massive increase in frontline sworn police officers, but the reality is that only around two thirds of the total will be deployed into Police districts and not even all of those will be frontline officers.
“This total includes the 800 extra officers delivered by the previous Government. That means this Government is only delivering an additional 420 police staff over five years and not all of those will be frontline.
“This is hardly the ‘biggest increase in Police resources’ ever as Mr Nash claims.
“The Minister is also playing fast and loose with the cost because both he and the Prime Minister have been caught out making those numbers up on the hoof.
“Mr Nash claims the package was ‘fully-funded over five years’ but he’s repeatedly said previously that the $298.8 million he received in Budget 2018 was not enough and he would be seeking more cash in 2019.
“Leaked Cabinet papers earlier in the year show that Mr Nash initially wanted $515 million to roll-out the new police, so there is a $217 million gap he will need to fill. At least he’s not saying the package will cost ‘just $40 million a year’ as Prime Minister Ardern did.
“Mr Nash has also finally confirmed the 1800 new police will be rolled-out over five years, in spite of Mr Nash’s repeated denials. He was either wrong or he’s been overruled.
“Finally, while more police is great, it’s very disappointing the Government has dropped the additional targets National set for the police as part of our Safer Communities package.
“Labour and NZ First have officially dropped the target of 98 per cent of all burglaries being responded to within 48 hours and for 95 per cent of New Zealanders to live within 25km of 24/7 patrolling police. Those would have made a real difference to the safety of our communities but the Government is not willing to hold itself to account.”
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