Grey Power NZ Federation Inc. Law and Order Policy
Last reviewed 9/09/2014
To work to ensure the security and safety of all New Zealanders and their assets with particular emphasis on the 50 plus age group.
Problems the policy addresses
- Crimes committed by people whilst under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
- Mental illness and crime
- Ineffective solutions for those involved in crime e.g. punishment regimes etc.
- Legislate to reduce the availability of alcohol through the introduction, in full, of the recommendations of the Law Commission Report on Alcohol Reform.[Govt.] (addresses problem 1).
- Provide more timely drug and alcohol treatment (addresses problem 1).
- Provide advice about scams and what to do to avoid becoming involved in them [Ministry of Social Development] (addresses problem 2).
- Encourage home owners and landlords to provide security devices in private homes and social housing (addresses problems 1 & 3).
- Recognise the relationship between mental health issues and crime to reduce the incidence of this type of crime [Govt.] (addresses problem 3).
- Legislate for more effective solutions for those involved in crime [Govt.] (addresses all the problems).
Grey Power will:
- Advocate for alcohol related crime incidents in our communities to be addressed by higher alcohol prices, reduced or no alcohol sponsorship of sport and a reduction in the hours during which alcohol can be sold.
- Require that sufficient drug and alcohol addiction treatment be provided.
- Advocate for effective monitoring to ensure treatment compliance be provided.
- Advocate for a service to accept unused drugs for safe disposal be provided (these 4 goals address solutions 1 & 2).
- Support community projects aimed at the prevention of crime including scams and encourage more effective Ministry of Social Development publicity campaigns (addresses solution 3).
- Work with appropriate agencies to encourage the use of efficient home security devices including effective security doors and alarms in social housing (addresses solution 4).
- Advocate for the relationship between mental health issues and crime to be recognised and request that appropriate action be taken (addresses solution 5).
- Advocate for the introduction of legislation for mandatory minimum custodial sentences for persons convicted of home invasion crimes.
- Promote positive alternatives to imprisonment for those who break the law in minor matters excluding crimes of violence.
- Advocate for the Government to implement an effective and robust system which ensures that Court ordered restitution and compensation is paid promptly and in full.
- Advocate for the provision of night courts (these 5 goals address solution 6).