Upcoming wings at the Royal New Zealand Police College have been deferred. Photo / Mark Mitchell

Police have put the brakes on training new officers, despite a rise in gun violence and gang activity.

The delay has left hundreds of recruits in limbo and means the Government is still well short of its promise last term to put an extra 1800 cops on the streets by last year.

Candidates of an upcoming training wing were initially scheduled to attend the Royal New Zealand Police College in February.

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