Police

Where was the headline “Cops catch fleeing drug dealer by knocking him off his motorcycle”?

Fairfax has caught the cop bashing disease from the NZ Herald.

Their headline reads “Police admit knocking motorcyclist off bike”.

You’d think this was some random innocent motorcyclist that the Police had run down…but read the article and you find out this was some drug dealing scumbag who fled from the police on a motorcycle.

Police have admitted knocking a motorcyclist off his bike following a high speed chase in Hawera.

A 43-year-old New Plymouth man will appear in court tomorrow on a number of driving and drug charges in relation to the chase on Friday night.

An eyewitness said he saw a police car knock the man off the bike at low speed as it reached the corner of Collins St and South Rd about 11.30pm.

Hawera Senior Sergeant Kyle Davie alleged the motorcyclist tried to evade police twice.   Read more »

Andrew Little Promotes the Nanny State

Arts, Travel & Lifestyle blogger David “Pinko” Farrar has interrupted his hectic travel schedule to point out that Andrew Little has decided to continue promoting the Nanny State.

Stuff reports:

Labour leader  labelled the review “flakey”.

Police needed time to investigate the circumstances of each accident, before leaping to any conclusions, he said.

“[For Woodhouse] to go onto a talk-back show and get roasted and decide you are going to do something then it looks, frankly, just a little bit flakey to me,” Little said.

“If there is a debate about whether there should be a more varied range of speed limits – some open roads can accommodate 110km per hour and some can’t – that is a separate debate and we should have that at some point.

“But I am a little bit uncomfortable about this climbing into the police for enforcing the speed limits.”

Little backed police, saying he saw no problem in  “sending a signal when you know that there are peak travel times, saying that you are going to strictly enforce the law.”

So Labour’s policy is that you should be ticketed for driving at 101km/hr in a 100 km/hr zone if it is a holiday period!

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Police now hassling Uber passengers as they continue their commercial jihad on behalf of cab companies

The police have involved themselves very prominently in a civil dispute between Uber and other cab companies and are now shaking down passengers as they continue their jihad against Uber on behalf of cab companies.

Auckland police are questioning Uber passengers in their crack-down on the driver-on-demand system.

Holly, a 26-year-old woman who did not want her surname used, said she was in an Uber car at Auckland’s ferry terminal on Saturday.

A police officer in an unmarked police car stopped the car and questioned her telling the driver to stay away while she was grilled, she said. Holly said the officer pulled her aside and asked how she ordered the vehicle and whether they had agreed a set price before the journey.

When she said “it (the Uber app) tells me at the end”, the officer turned his attention to the driver.

Holly said the officer told her that Uber was illegal in New Zealand.

It’s not, but the manner of billing passengers is what has caused contention. Uber operates as a private hire service which means the fare has to be set at the time of booking, rather than using a meter.

Police have confirmed they have stopped several Uber drivers and charged them or issued them infringement notices for using their smartphone app as a meter – a breach that would make them subject to taxi regulations.     Read more »

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Road toll double last year despite Police crackdown and perfect weather conditions

It hasn’t really rained in most of the country for damn near two weeks.

The weather forecasters got it wrong over New Year, and basically the roads have been dry for the whole holiday period.

The police have focussed on speeding, so much so that the average holiday speed on the open road is adding hours to trips.

And yet the road toll is now double what it was last year and will likely be more than that with one day left.

The holiday road toll now stands at 14 – double last year’s – with the latest fatality occurring after a car hit a tree in Canterbury last night, killing its male driver.

The Toyota saloon ran off on Lake Road at Leeston, near Lake Ellesmere, and struck a tree at around 11.20pm. The driver, who is expected to be named later today, was found dead at the scene, police said.

With many holiday-makers preparing to head home, the nation’s road policing chief, Assistant Commissioner Dave Cliff, issued a plea for drivers to be vigilant. “Families have enjoyed time away and now they should give themselves plenty of time to reach their destination,” he said.

They’ll need plenty of time because the cops have parked themselves at the end of every passing lane, frightened drivers so much they drive between 80-95km/h…and all for nothing.

Last year’s Christmas-New Year road toll was seven, from a total of 193 reported injury crashes. But the official holiday period was three days shorter than this year’s – which ends at 6am on Monday.

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Time to arm the cops?

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Judith Collins thinks it is time to arm the cops.

The sooks disagree, even arts, lifestyle, fitness and travel blogger, David Farrar, disagrees. He thinks it will lead to an arms race amongst the criminal fraternity.

I don’t know what planet he lives on but the criminals are already armed.  Every time there is a drugs bust there are numerous firearms confiscated.

Another issue for police going into violent homes is how to keep themselves safe.

Police will often say that the most dangerous situations for them are family violence calls.

Every kitchen has knives, some homes have guns.

They don’t know what the layout of the home is, how many people are there, what reception they’ll get.

These days front-line police have access to tasers and better access to firearms. As we’ve seen lately, going into a hospital can lead to being shot at.

Even though police have access to firearms in their car lockboxes, I’m concerned that they too often feel that they can’t take them.   Read more »

The House always wins

Even though GPS speedometers are clearly more accurate than those inside the car, the police aren’t going to accept GSP records as evidence in speeding cases.

Typically, [inbuilt car] speedometers would give a faster reading so drivers were travelling slower than what was shown.

Many comments touched on the accuracy of GPS devices when it came to reading speed.

But yesterday a national police headquarters spokesperson said GPS devices were not a certified method of tracking speed.

“Given that a GPS is not accepted as a reliable means for proving a driver’s speed, police do not accept this as an excuse for speeding.

“GPS systems used for speed or locations can only be an indicator, not a source of absolute true information due to signal loss through buildings, terrain or weather conditions,” the spokesperson said.

Police detection devices, such as speed cameras and speed guns, were checked annually for accuracy, and were calibrated to strict international standards. Read more »

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OK, forget all the other issues, THIS will make you really mad

Police are considering a zero tolerance approach to holiday speeds.

In case that isn’t clear, it means you’ll get a speeding ticket at 51 km/h and 101 km/h (or whatever is over the local limit)

Anyone exceeding the speed limit this summer can expect to be pulled over as police move towards zero tolerance of speeding.

It comes after police ran a successful campaign last summer where fatalities over the summer period, from December 1 to January 31, dropped 22 per cent while police operated in a 4kmh speeding tolerance.

However, police also issued more than 200,000 tickets for people speeding between 1kmh and 10kmh over the limit – more than five times the same period the previous year when the reduced tolerance was not in force, a police report into the Safer Summer campaign showed.

The tickets totalled more than $6 million in fines, an increase of about $5m from the previous years.

Total speeding ticket numbers were also up from 134,813 to 308,580.

But the reduced tolerance also helped prevent crashes, with 201 less minor injury crashes, 21 less serious injury crashes, and 11 less fatal crashes.

Police assistant commissioner, road policing, Dave Cliff said it was time the focus shifted away from thinking about a speed tolerance and towards driving to the conditions and the speed limit.

This is absolutely silly.  Why don’t the Police make us all walk instead?   That way there will be no crashes.  It is all very well to say that 100 km’h saves lives and crashes, but so will 90.  And 80.   And 70.  Why stop there?   Read more »

Jihadi attacks worse threat than IRA

Britain is facing an ‘almost inevitable’ attack by fanatics who have been ‘militarised’ by Islamic State, according to police and security officials.

In speeches today, Theresa May and senior police will warn that the ‘diverse’ terrorist threat posed by jihadis returning from Syria and Iraq is one of the greatest this country has ever faced.

Potential attacks could range from a ‘lone wolf’ beheading in a crowded shopping centre or street, to a bomb plot using fertiliser stolen from British farms. One Whitehall official told the Mail: ‘It is almost inevitable that something is going to happen in the next few months.’

It is really a civil war when your own neighbours can be motivated to take up arms, or detonate a bomb against your family, friends and children in the name of Allah and a bunch of idiots running around killing everyone in the Middle East.

According to Britain’s most senior officer, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, police and MI5 have already foiled five major plots this year. Chillingly, there is normally only one major plot disrupted every 12 months.

Addressing a conference in London, Mrs May will unveil draconian new laws to try to protect the public and stem the flow of cash and recruits to Islamic State. They include a ban on the payment of any ransoms to terrorists and making it easier to track extremists on the internet.

Internet companies will be forced to keep data which helps to identify the user of an individual mobile phone or computer. But the law stops short of making them log every website a person visits after the Liberal Democrats said the so-called ‘snoopers’ charter’ was ‘dead and buried’.

The Home Secretary’s new Anti-Terrorism and Security Bill, to be presented to MPs tomorrow, also includes powers to:

  • Forcibly relocate terror suspects, or put them into internal exile; allow border guards to seize the passports of suspected jihadis;
  • Ban fanatics returning from Syria from entering the UK for up to two years;
  • Forbid airlines from landing in the UK if they do not provide advanced passenger lists.

Sir Bernard said the challenges faced by police and MI5 in monitoring jihadis returning from Syria were huge.

He warned: ‘They’re going to be militarised, they will have a complex web of people that they know, and of course they will have learnt tactics that they may want to use here.’

Meanwhile, here in New Zealand, the Green Taliban are busy trying to undermine our national security.    Read more »

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NZ Parliament changes security in response to Canada shooting

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Hey, I thought we weren’t living in a strategically hostile environment?

Perhaps we just need to have Russel Norman and his acolytes stand guard at all parliamentary access points?   Read more »

Hager raided, computers seized

Media are reporting that Nicky Hager has had search warrants executed on his house as Police follow lines of enquiry relating to the illegal hacking of my emails.

Hager has put out a statement:

I believe the police actions are dangerous for journalism in New Zealand. It matters to all people working in the media who could similarly have their property searched and seized to look for sources.

Really? My emails were seized and searched by criminals, and that isn’t a threat to journalism or people working in the media?

So hacking and stealing someone emails is ok, but Police doing their job isn’t?

Of course his enablers are all rushing to his defence. Some of them may well be complicit in the crimes that were committed against me.

For Hager to claim journalistic endeavours is going to be very difficult. Journalists call people they write stories about. Journalists give people a right of reply. Journalists tell the whole story, not massaged narratives that suit their politics.   Read more »