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COMMISSIONER'S REVIEW LESS SLY-GROG SELLING Parliamentary Reporter. WELLINGTON, this day. "The evils arising out of nigftt clubs and sly grog-selling have been less prevalent with the reduction in the number of serviceman about the cities, but I regret to say that there has been an increase in the number of offences in connection with liquor at dances. The police are vigilant to prevent this class of offence and many successful prosecutions have been instituted," stated the Commissioner of Police, Mr. J. Cummings, in his annual report, which was tabled in the House of Representatives yesterday.

The report stated that there was one policeman for every 1064 people in New Zealand and every inhabitant paid 9/1 i a yeaf for the maintenance of the force. The force was now approximately 140 constables below the authorised strength and considerable difficulty was being experienced in obtaining recruits.

There was a noticeable increase in house and shop-breaking and assaults with intent to commit a crime, but a decrease is s,Hown in forgery, false pretences and thefts. There were 20 cases of murder and eight of attempted murder. The offenders were traced in all cases except one, that of a newly-born child, who was found dead, having apparently been thrown from a train. In several cases the one offender was responsible for the murder or attempted murder of more than dne person.

"There have been many reported instances of black-market dealings, and the police have been very successful in prosecutions," adds the report. There were 643 prosecutions during the year under the Gaming Act, against 529 prosecutions in the previous year. Fines For Booknlaking There was 331 prosecutions in connection with bookmaking, resulting in 323 convictions, the fines totalling £15,109. Fines imposed •on slygroggers totalled £1137. Prosecution against hotelkeepers were lower and there was also a decrease in the number of prosecutions for drunkenness.

To date the fingerprint system had been responsible for the identification of 8204 persons, and at the end of March the finger impressions of 66,688 persons were on record.

The fingerprint collection at the Auckland criminal registration branch totalled 10,642 sets at the end of March.

Accidents with firearms were fewer in number in the last two years, due to the general shortage of ammunition. Even so, the rate, was still high, especially among children, of whom 12 were shot during the year under review. In all 12 cases the children were playing with firearms that had been improperly or carelessly stored and sometimes left loaded.

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WORK OF POLICE, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 188, 10 August 1945

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WORK OF POLICE Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 188, 10 August 1945

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