Getting tough on the gangs

The Government is ganging up on the gangs.

It's set up a Gang Intelligence Centre, bringing together the combined strength of Social Development, Customs, Corrections, Internal Affairs, Immigration and Police.

The government is cracking down on illegal gang activity. File photo.

The information gathered will be used to disrupt and dismantle illegal gang activities and to identify and support members who want out.

The wider cost of gang crime to the taxpayer was today put at $714 million by a Social Development report.

One initial piece of work has been case studies of gang affiliated families.

They show gang members are themselves disproportionately victims of family violence and other violent crimes. This is being repeated through the generations at significant cost to social services.

The case studies also show gang members are disproportionately responsible for serious criminal and drug crime and more than 30 percent of the total prison population is gang affiliated.

Three other significant gang action plans are a programme to combat the inter-generatinal nature of gang life, multi-agency taskforces to target drug trafficking networks and a second taskforce to strengthen the recovery of proceeds from crime.

The Minister responsible for Social development, Anne Tolley, says they'll also be strengthening legislation like allowing courts to stipulate 24 hour GPS monitoring on high risk offenders such as gang members. There will be interim freezing orders for cash thought to be illegally gained and firearm prohibition orders.

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heard it all before

Posted on 02-03-2016 08:30 | By Captain Sensible

I have heard this for over 30 years. Just like "three strikes & you're out" and the boy racer car crusher laws. Recently on Sunlive an offender on the run with over 60 'strikes', and zero or only one boyracer car has been crushed.

here we go again

Posted on 02-03-2016 08:40 | By The author of this comment has been removed.



Posted on 02-03-2016 08:55 | By overit

I think the Police are afraid of the gangs. But hey any extra pressure on these mongrels has my endorsement.

Hey haters

Posted on 02-03-2016 09:18 | By Gigilo

You may be surprised, authorities are hamstrung by their own laws. But as the members of organized crime and big business find their way around the 'rules,' so will this team with more intelligence (info) than you can imagine. I expect them to kick butT, take prisoners and recover millions in non taxed earnings. THUMBS UP


Posted on 02-03-2016 11:53 | By Watcher 1

How often do you hear in the Media about people involved in Asian Crime Syndicates responsible for importing the drugs in the first place?? Perhaps its time for our government to take a hard line just like Australia has in deporting ALL immigrates even including refugees convicted of any crime punishable by imprisonment. Its a privilege to be able to live in N.Z. and NOT a right?? Taking a hard line like Australia could help prevent crime and free up our prisons and reduce costs to the taxpayer? How about SunMedia doing a Poll to feel out other peoples views?

hey Gigilo

Posted on 02-03-2016 12:18 | By kurgan

so whats you definition of "haters"? anyone who disagrees with your narrow minded opinion obviously. I'm a proud "hater" I hate ignorance, corrupt government, murderers, thieves, rapists, bully boy gang members, the public health system, the central banking system, vaccines, GMO's. So yeah I'm a hater

Majority pays for minority's actions yet again

Posted on 02-03-2016 16:54 | By Amnesia Oasis

Why should the taxpayer have to financially support "members who want out" ? Nobody put a gun to their heads to force them to join in the first place. Let them rot in hell!

Clamp Down on Gangs

Posted on 02-03-2016 16:55 | By peter pan

Election year must be coming up. We have heard it all before,tell the people what they want to hear and do nothing.The Gangs just laugh and get on with their evil ways.


Posted on 02-03-2016 17:19 | By Me again

pamper to their needs like always. And they still carry on like all other crims, that commit crime over and over. DISTRACTION is what this is about, flag vote, housing or lack of etc, etc, etc.

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