The police budget has been frozen for the fifth consecutive
year, and the Government had no immediate plan to increase it
again before 2018.
Budget 2014 also showed that funding for the Serious Fraud
Office has been cut, because many of the prosecutions against
finance companies have finished.
New Zealand Police's core operating spending was maintained
at $1.46 billion for 2014/15. This was the same amount of
funding as in 2009/10.
Treasury forecasts showed that spending on police was not
expected to increase before 2017/18.
Police Minister Anne Tolley said some one-off spends in the
last year, such as a restructure of the HR and finance
departments, were not required this year.
A lower spend on roading police would be maintained in
The Police Association has expressed concern about wages and
front-line police hours as a result of the frozen budget.
The minister said increased technology had allowed police to
spend more time on the front line.
The use of smartphones and tablets had contributed to 500,000
additional frontline hours - the equivalent of 354 police
"Police and Corrections will continue to target their
resources to prevent crime and address the drivers of crime
to make our communities safer,'' Mrs Tolley said.
"Both organisations have delivered fantastic results and I am
confident that great gains will continue to be made as a
result of this smarter approach.''
The Justice Sector Fund, established in last year's Budget,
held $109 million in funding which was available for agencies
including police, as long as the money went towards the
Government's public service targets such as reducing
The Serious Fraud Office would have its funding reduced by $2
million to $7.5m.
This followed a "temporary'' boost in funding to investigate
and prosecute a number of finance companies such as Hanover,
South Canterbury Finance, Bridgecorp and others.
Corrections' budget also remained the same at around $1.2b.
Its funding would continue to focus on increasing drug and
alcohol programmes for prisoners.
- by Isaac Davison of the NZ Herald
Serious Fraud Office