Reducing serious crime is one of 10 new better public service results announced by Prime Minister Bill English on Wednesday 3 May, 2017. These targets build on the initial Better Public Service targets set in 2012.

The refreshed target is to reduce the number of serious crimes by 10,000 by 2021. This will be supported by three measures:

  1. the rate of reoffending
  2. the rate of family violence; and
  3. the rate of sexual violence.

With overall crime decreasing, the focus has moved to reducing serious crime.

The following priority areas will contribute to achieving our target of reducing serious crime.

  • Reduce family violence
  • Reduce sexual violence
  • Reduce serious crime caused by adult gangs
  • Improve outcomes for people with alcohol and other drug, and mental health needs
  • Improve justice outcomes for Māori
  • Reduce reoffending
  • Prevent serious crime through active engagement with the social sector.

An action plan for achieving this target will be released in the coming months.

For further details go to State Services commission website.