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Gang gives 'in-service training'

New Zealand Police Minister Judith Collins is under fire over police numbers and resources, and the policing of outlaw gangs.
New Zealand Police Minister Judith Collins is under fire over police numbers and resources, and the policing of outlaw gangs. BORIS JANCIC

DOZENS of potential recruits for New Zealand outlaw motorcycle club the Head Hunters are turning up in Auckland each month for training.

Speaking at a conference with Police Minister Judith Collins sitting beside him, retiring Police Association president Greg O'Connor said along with rising gang numbers and activity, police officers were reporting that methamphetamine was now "rife”, and easier to get than marijuana in some areas.

Mr O'Connor slammed the government for not incre- asing police numbers and resources and said policing of gangs was reducing.

"I am reliably informed that each month up to 70 new recruits front up in Auckland for what can only be considered in-service training,” he said.

"It sounds like their (the Head Hunters) training budget is better than police's,” he said.

Ms Collins denied

policing of gangs was declining.

NZ HERALD



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