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Police Minister has let down New Zealanders.

The Government has overseen a rapid increase in the number of people joining gangs since it took office, but it's no closer to achieving its promise of 1800 extra police on the beat.

The Prime Minister promised New Zealanders her Government would deliver 1800 additional police officers to the force. That is additional recruitment, accounting for police officers who leave each year.

With gang membership on the rise and serious crime increasing, having these extra cops in our community is incredibly important.

But after two years, the Government has only managed to add 716. Knowing they can't meet this target, the Government has now shifted the goal post.

Now, Stuart Nash is simply counting every person who has been through the Police college and ignoring the many hundreds of experienced police officers who have resigned over the past two years.

This is yet another broken promise to New Zealanders. The problem comes down to the Government - it doesn't have a plan when it comes to law and order.

In fact, the only policy it does have is to reduce the number of people in prisons, but it has no plan to reduce crime first. Now more than ever it should be focused on ensuring there are enough police officers to stop criminals offending.

Stuart Nash is failing the New Zealanders who want safer communities, but also the Police who have been planning for these additional resources.

When the Minister claims his Government is "winning" when it comes to reducing crime and cracking down on gangs, that's a slap in the face to the Kiwis who can see more gang members in their communities, but not enough Police on the streets to stop them offending.

This term of Government has been littered with Labour's broken promises - KiwiBuild, getting rid of school donations, light rail, and now community safety. This Government is all about PR, but fails to deliver on its promises.

It's not fair on Kiwis. They deserve real solutions to today's problems from their Government. The only delivery coming from this Government is more gang members and more crime.

National has always been the party of law and order. We're currently undertaking the largest policy development process by an Opposition ever so if we earn the right to govern in 2020, we'll be ready with policies designed to make New Zealand a safer place.

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