Prohibition of Gang Insignia in Government Premises Bill - Submission

NZPA | Mon October 29th, 2012

The Police Association welcomes the Prohibition of Gang Insignia in Government Premises Bill as a timely attempt to grapple with New Zealand’s worsening gang problem at a national level.

The Bill appropriately weighs the law enforcement benefit of being able to easily identify gang members by their insignia, against the intimidating effect of overt displays of power by criminal gangs on law abiding members of the community.

The Bill’s provisions are not a ‘silver bullet’ to New Zealand’s gang problem, but should assist by making gang membership less attractive and help to reduce the ability for gang members to intimidate staff and members of the public on Government premises in New Zealand.

The Police Association believes this Bill should proceed, with minor amendments.

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