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Kerre Woodham: Pre-Budget Police funding a spooky coincidence amid being polled soft on crime

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Kerre Woodham,
Publish Date
Mon, 9 May 2022, 12:26pm
Poto Williams. (Photo / NZ Herald)

Kerre Woodham: Pre-Budget Police funding a spooky coincidence amid being polled soft on crime

Author
Kerre Woodham,
Publish Date
Mon, 9 May 2022, 12:26pm

Well, you can't say all those millions spent on PR consultants and market researchers and communications advisors and spin doctors, you cannot say all those millions of dollars have been wasted, can you? Because look at this, the public registered a vote of no confidence in Police Minister Poto Williams with the Newshub Reid Research poll out last week, we talked about that nearly 2/3 of those polled thought the Minister and by default, the Government, was soft on crime. 

A spooky coincidence, in a pre-Budget announcement that the Government has pledged more than $550 million to fund more frontline police, establish a new firearms unit, and they've promised businesses they'll help protect them from RAM raids. 

Poto Williams, the Police Minister, talked to Mike Hosking on the Mike Hosking Breakfast this morning, explaining there'd be something for businesses, once they talked to businesses about what businesses might need. And the fact that it wasn't just police who could pick up RAM raiders, it was families who could learn how to parent. 

It's not really going to help in the short term is that there was a promise though to tackle gangs and organized crime. There's a new firearms unit to ensure guns don't fall into the wrong hands. The sound of the stable door closing as the hoofbeats of the galloping horse disappear into the distance spring to mind.