Fears crack down on gang violence could backfire

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 22 Jan 2020, 12:56PM

Fears crack down on gang violence could backfire

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 22 Jan 2020, 12:56PM

A former Australian police detective says New Zealand's on the right track when it comes to managing gang violence.

Extra police officers have been brought in to join patrols in parts of Hawke's Bay and East Coast, after two gang-related dramas over the weekend.

Dr Michael Kennedy is now a police and criminal justice lecturer at Western Sydney University.

He told Mike Hosking that several years ago, anti-consorting legislation might have been effective, but that's no longer the case.

"What's the point of introducing those laws when the majority of crimes these days are carried out online?"

Dr Michael Kennedy SAYS there's no evidence at all that New Zealand needs to implement antiquated laws like zero tolerance policing.

"Barging in and engaging with New York style policing when you don't have New York style problems isn't the answer.

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