New Plymouth police have been rapped over the knuckles by national headquarters for taking a hospitable approach to those asking for a breath test.
It was reported earlier this month that people often entered the station asking to be tested. Officers, if not too busy, were happy to oblige.
However, New Plymouth police have now been told their approach does not line up with national policy – and that they should stop immediately.
“While these staff have acted in good faith and with the best of intentions, there is a risk if for example someone initially passes a test, then drives and is found later to be over the limit, or is involved in a crash, which could have tragic consequences,” Central Districts Acting District Commander Inspector Mark Harrison said.
Have we now turned into the United States, where people in official capacities are stopped from assisting the public out of kindness, in case there is a mistake and it causes some liability? ¬† Read more »