Failed police recruits put on the beat
By KIM THOMAS - The Press | Tuesday, 20 February 2007

Police recruits who fail parts of basic training are being allowed to go on the beat.

Recruits who fail police college tests for skills such as driving, firearms and unarmed combat are starting uniform work on limited duties.

In some cases, a lack of English leaves recruits unable to complete tasks such as reading offenders their rights.

Police are trying to fill an extra 1000 positions within two years as part of the Government's confidence and supply agreement with NZ First.

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