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Stuart Nash says police are having to spend too much time dealing with mental health and well-being cases.
New Police Minister Stuart Nash insists police have what they need to respond to every incident, as reported crime reaches a five-year-high.
National Party police spokesperson Mark Mitchell has criticised Labour over its record on crime, saying the Government has succeeded only in being able to change police ministers.
He highlighted a 39% rise in retail crime over the past year.
“Retail crime levels are going from bad to worse. In 2022, a startling 292 retail crime incidents were recorded every single day – up from 140 per day in 2018,” he said.
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