Police

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 »

Helen Clark lies to Cunliffe over illegal spying

Labour leader David Cunliffe has been given assurances by former prime minister and party leader Helen Clark that New Zealanders weren’t been spied on under her leadership.

However he said there were still grey areas that need to be looked at regarding the allegations made by US journalist Glenn Greenwood and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Cunliffe was speaking at the University of Auckland this afternoon during a meet and greet with student supporters.

In response to intelligence and security inspector general Cherly Gwyn’s assertions that there was no evidence of mass surveillance on New Zealanders he said:

“There are a number of grey areas that New Zealanders want clarity on, like is meta data given the same protections as data?

“Do you need a warrant to access information about New Zealanders from third parties and is cyber security a easy way out around other protections?”

He said he has been given assurances by Clark that he had nothing to worry about.

“I have absolutely no indication that Labour has been involved in that in anyway. I have absolutely nothing I would be concerned about.”

Oh really?   Read more »

If explaining is losing, I’ll take this one on the chin

via RadioLive

via RadioLive

As people have observed, I’m not only relaxed, I’m quite enjoying myself.   People who know me will understand that I love dirty politics more than anyone else.   And I fully understand people won’t believe this, but I have boundaries and ethics.

They may not be yours, but they are there.

What has been stolen contains legally, politically, medically and journalistically privileged material.

And here’s the kicker:  most of it isn’t about me.   Read more »

Police bungles eroding public confidence

99.9% of the police force must be tearing their hair out right now.

Drug dealers, burglars and drink-drivers have walked free after a police botch-up led to officers carrying out illegal investigations.

In a major embarrassment for Police Minister Anne Tolley, officers returning to the force were incorrectly sworn in, meaning criminal charges had to be dropped.

It is the third time it has happened. Tolley described the previous errors as a “monumental cock-up” which forced Parliament to pass emergency legislation.

Labour police spokeswoman Jacinda Ardern said there were serious consequences. “Ultimately, people who should be accountable before the law won’t be,” she said.

Superintendent Richard Chambers said police were investigating how the error happened, just 10 months after a similar bungle. He was “very disappointed”.

Police discovered on June 9 an officer in Wellington exercising constabulary powers without the correct authorisation.

This is the third time this has happened.  Parliament has even had to enact retrospective legislation to fix the previous cock-up.  This is more than disappointing.   Read more »

Police pandering to Maori, creating separate justice system?

Hone Harawira and his ilk like to claim that Police brutalise Maori on purpose and pick on them, which is why apparently they have filled up our jails with Maori inmates.

We have seen that Corrections has special rules for Maori inmates….and now it seems the Police have been infested with this politically correct rubbish.

In the latest Police Ten One, their magazine, there is an article that shows just how far Police are being over backwards in caving to political correctness and letting Maori criminals walk away scot free from crimes.

Police headline from latest Police Ten One magazine

Police headline from latest Police Ten One magazine

One of the great successes of Policing Excellence has been the use of pre-charge warnings – particularly in dealing with minor offending by Maori.  Read more »