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MIL OSI – Source: Ministry of Social Development 2 – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Joint statement from Brendan Boyle, Chief Executive and Viv Rickard, NZ Police – Tuesday 2 September 12:02 p.m.

02 September 2014.

Joint Statement from Brendan Boyle, Chief Executive, Ministry of Social Development; and Viv Rickard, Deputy Commissioner, District Operations.

There have been a number of threats to Work and Income offices over the past 24 hours since the Ashburton attack.

We take very seriously any threats to MSD staff.

While some of these may be idle threats, Police are taking action on each threat. In some cases, this includes shutting down sites until we’re confident staff are safe.

These threats are disturbing – it’s unacceptable that MSD staff are subject to such abuse in the wake of this attack. All MSD frontline staff are naturally shaken by yesterday’s events, and this is the last thing they need.

MSD and Police will continue to work closely together – MSD will refer each and every threat to Police formally.

People cannot and should not be able to threaten others without consequence.