Building a safer New Zealand
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The lowest crime rate in 30 years
for the worstserious violentoffenders,under3 strikes rule
for crimesagainst children
600 extra police
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testing formore offenders
Law to dismantle
in place forthe worst boy racers
Recorded crimes per10,000 people
Judith Collins is working for Papakura
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Earlier this year, Justice Minister JudithCollins unveiled the Government’s plans to reorm the Family Court.“I really enjoy visiting court and justicesector sta around the country to learnmore about the opportunities to improvean already outstanding justice system,” Judith says.“The Family Court reorms will help todeliver a modern, accessible amily justicesystem that is efcient, eective and putschildren at its heart. We want to empower individuals and amilies to solve their disputes outside o court, where possible,This Government is committed to driving lastingchange to New Zealand’s drinking culture. The AlcoholReorm Bill outlines a wide range o measures toreduce alcohol-related harm in our amilies andcommunities, without penalising responsible drinkers.The Bill empowers local communities to determinewhere and how alcohol is sold, increases personal andparental responsibility or the support o alcohol andintroduces a risk-based licence ee regime to reducealcohol-related harm.This month Justice Minister Judith Collins opened NewZealand’s frst Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment(AODT) Court trial pilot in Auckland.AODT Courts, which operate out o Waitakere andAuckland District Courts, handle deendants withsevere alcohol or other drug dependencies.Deendants are given opportunity to deal with their addiction beore sentencing to help preventreoending.The Government’s continued ocus on rontlinepolicing and crime prevention has seen an 11.1 per cent drop in crime per head o population in CountiesManukau or the 2011 fscal year.MP or Papakura Judith Collins says these results areexcellent news or the electorate.“On behal o the community I acknowledge our localPolice, Community Saety Patrols and Maori wardensor their hard work and continued commitment tokeeping our communities sae,” Judith says.“Across the country recorded oences were downby 5.2 per cent, with 21,802 ewer crimes in the fscalyear to 30 June 2012. The crime rate per head o population ell by 5.9 per cent.“This is the lowest number o oences in any fscalyear since the late 80s, and the lowest crime rate per head o population since beore electronic recordswere kept.“These results show Police are well on their way toreaching our target o an overall reduction in crimeThe hard work o the justice sector and justice sector agencies is starting to pay o.Crime is at a 30 year low, prosecutions were down 10per cent last year and the prison population is orecast to all 7 per cent by 2020. These achievements to datenot only afrm the Government’s ocus on law andorder, but also the hard work o everyone in the justicesector – Police, Courts and Corrections.The frst results against our (BPS) targets show the total violent crime rate ell by 7 per cent or the year to30 June 2012. That’s almost 3,000 ewer crimes – and thousands ewer victims. to minimise the harmul impact the courtprocess has on children.“That’s why we’re proposing mandatory participation in the successul Parenting through Separation course, establishing anew Family Dispute Resolution service,and introducing three new court ‘tracks’or cases to ollow to help peoplenavigate the Court independently,” Judithsays.These reorms mark the frst signifcantchanges to the Family Court since it wasestablished in 1981.o 15 per cent by 2017, which will mean 45,000 ewer crimes in our communities every year rom 2017.“We must keep working closely with Police, localagencies, neighbourhood support teams and residents to make sure the zero-tolerance message continues toresonate in every home, school and workplace withinour communities.”The rate o homicide and related oences has droppedby 22 per cent, and the rate o serious assaults resulting ininjury has dropped by 8 per cent.New Zealanders deserve to be sae rom all crime, but these categories need an especially strong ocus becauseo their seriousness and the terrible impact they have onvictims. The total reported crime rate has allen almost 6 per cent (or 21,337 ewer crimes), youth crime by 4 per cent,and re-oending by nearly 6 per cent.Results show we had around 1,000 ewer oenders comingback into the system this year, which is antastic – i we canmove people away rom a lie o crime, we’re making society saer and relieving the burden on the taxpayer.
Hon Judith Collins visits sta at Manukau District Court.Hon Judith Collins with Detective Superintendent Mike Pannett, NZ Police and Deputy Commissioner Operations JohnBilich, New York Police Department.
Ms Collins welcomed Inspector Vitale Laaele (VJ) to thedistrict recently in his new role as Area Commander or Counties Manukau South. VJ joined the police orce in 1985ater a career in the army, including at Papakura. During his time with police, VJ spent 15 years in the CIB – including ten years as a detective in the Waitakere CIB. VJ previously worked with Judith when she was Minister o Police.
MP or Papakura Hon Judith Collins with Inspector Vitale Laaele and Papakura Electorate Agent Jan Robinson.Hon Judith Collins with Sergeant Sonny Ioseo and memberso the Flat Bush Neighbourhood Policing team (Otara) at the Ormiston Road Police Station, Counties Manukau.(L-R) Police Commissioner Peter Marshall, Corrections Department Chie Executive Ray Smith, Deputy Chie Executive CrownLaw Andrew Hampton, Ministry o Justice Deputy Chie Executive Sector Group Brook Barrington, Secretary or Justice AndrewBridgeman, Hon Judith Collins, Minister o Police Hon Anne Tolley and Minister or Courts Hon Chester Borrows.
Communities will have more input in decisions about the number and location o liquor outlets through localalcohol polices (LAPs) and local authorities will beable to limit the sale o alcohol and set conditions onlicences.Local communities, like ours, need this Bill. We’reencouraging all political parties get behind the AlcoholReorm Bill so we can pass it into law as soon aspossible. Judith visited Adult Drug Courts in San Francisco andNew York City recently to see how the United States’ justice sector and health agencies are working tocombat oending uelled by drug abuse.“I was impressed with the practical assistance givenand the messaging provided to oenders appearing,” Judith says.“To see how some specialist US courts operateand how eective they are in dealing with addictionproblems was very valuable.”