11 Mar 2010

Not enough cars for South Auckland police, says Labour

10:19 pm on 11 March 2010

The Labour Party says the Government needs to give police in South Auckland more cars so they can do their job properly.

It says documents reveal a senior police officer is unhappy that only 25 extra vehicles are being provided for hundreds of new staff.

Prime Minister John Key marked the arrival of the 200th police recruit of 300 he's promised for south Auckland with a visit to Manukau on Tuesday.

However, Labour's law and order spokesperson, Clayton Cosgrove, says adding the new officers is a political sham because there are not enough cars for them.

He says there'll be only one vehicle for every 12 new officers.

Police Minister Judith Collins says 43 extra cars were provided for in the last budget, and she insists that's enough.