Core funding for the New Zealand Police flat-lined in the
Budget with Police and Corrections Minister Anne Tolley
maintaining spending at $1.4 billion a year.
Previous Budgets had usually seen an increase in money spent
on both the police and Corrections to counter rising crime.
However, Mrs Tolley said police and Corrections had delivered
fantastic results and she was confident gains would continue
to be made as a result of the smarter approach.
The next phase of ''Policing Excellence'' would focus on
further improvements in the way the service operated - to
provide more effective frontline policing and crime
Funding for the Serious Fraud Office reverted to the baseline
of $7.6 million in operational funding in the next financial
year, following the temporary boost to investigate and
prosecute finance companies, she said.
Increased foot patrols and frontline staff with the latest
technology had allowed police to be more visible and deliver
more than half a million additional frontline hours each year
- the equivalent of 354 extra officers.
The Budget also supported the Government's targets to reduce
the reoffending rate by 25% by 2017, with Corrections
continuing to increase drug and alcohol rehabilitation
programme places for prisoners, alongside greater access to
education and skills training.
Addressing the drivers of crime had resulted in Corrections
being halfway to meeting its ''better public services''
target of a 25% reduction in reoffending, she said.
''This means there are 9300 fewer victims of crime each year
and our sensible approach to rehabilitation means we are on
course to reach the goal of 18,500 fewer victims each year by
2017,'' Mrs Tolley said.