Police

The only thing worse than road maggots is window washers

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There is a real epidemic, particularly in South Auckland, of window washers.

You know the ones.  The gang thugs put on the streets to extract cash from motorists by smearing dirty, greasy water all over your windscreen.

At one particular intersection I travel thru (pictured above) they are actually operating right under the noses of a policing centre.

Last week the police began trespassing window-washers in the area around the intersection of East Tamaki Rd and Bairds Rd, after reports of disorder, vehicle crime and wilful damage.

Manukau Business Association chief executive Kerry Burridge said they had asked the police to act several times after repeated threats to their security guard.  Read more »

Police Minister pulls plug on one racist policy. What about the rest?

It was a bit of a tough day in Police Minister Michael Woodhouse’s office yesterday.  To say he’s been forcibly put into the stocks and is having to take a huge backlash on the chin would be an understatement.

Police Minister Michael Woodhouse has halted a south Auckland policing policy that appeared to favour unlicensed Maori drivers.

They’ve been allowed to avoid $400 fines if they agree to undergo training and attend support programmes.

Those that didn’t comply within two months were ticketed and fined.

The policy was revealed by One News last night, and today NZ First MP Ron Mark asked questions in Parliament.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush said earlier today that the policy document could have been worded better and would change, but suggestions Maori in Counties Manukau were getting preferential treatment were misleading.
“Why have police commanders in Counties Manukau issued instructions that all Maori drivers detected driving without licences should not be ticketed?” he asked Mr Woodhouse.

The minister said police were able to exercise discretion over transport offences.

“But I do not condone any policy that has the effect, or the appearance, of treating one group of people differently from another,” he said.

Appearance.  Hah! Read more »

Race-based fines (or not)… Apartheid by any other name

One News broke the exclusive last night

Unlicensed Maori drivers caught behind the wheel in South Auckland are getting the chance to avoid a $400 fine.

Police are defending the move, saying it’s part of their goal to reduce Maori offending and that it’s crucial and it’s working.

Documents leaked to ONE News show the “guidelines”police in South Auckland say they’ve been enforcing since last year.

The paperwork spells out that all Maori drivers caught without a licence or in breach of their conditions are to be referred for training and not given a ticket.

“We then refer them to the panel and the panel looks at a whole range of issues that’s caused that person to drive without a licence or why that person hasn’t had a licence, and then provides some support,” says Superintendent Wally Haumaha of Police National Headquarters.

If after that Iwi and community support the driver has not complied within two months, a $400 ticket is then issued. Read more »

We have a duty to keep our police safe

The organisation representing rank-and-file police is once again calling for the arming of frontline officers.

The call comes after police shot dead Vaughan Te Moananui on the Coromandel Peninsula at the weekend, after he allegedly threatened officers with a gun.
Police Association president Greg O’Connor says the time is approaching when all frontline police will need to be armed.

“Fortunately in this case it was the armed offenders squad who he confronted, not the general police from Thames, because they would not have been as well-equipped to deal with the situation,” says Mr O’Connor.

In another incident last week, shots were fired at police in south Auckland.

And this is especially needed for cops that are out in the wops wops hours away from backup.  Time to get over our romantic view that our country is some idyllic safe backwater.  We are sending good men and women into situations while we are not taking full responsibility for their well being.

That’s just not right.

 

– 3 News

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So about that zero tolerance policy huh?

The Police have maintained an incredible focus on road safety and speeding with their zero tolerance policy.

They deploy speed cameras on motorways where there is a dual carraige-way, with a median barrier and in some places in Auckland they are there every day.

And the result?

A 20% increase in road deaths.

The number of people killed on New Zealand roads so far this year is 20 per cent higher than at the same time last year.

The Ministry of Transport reported 95 people have been killed on the roads from January 1 to April 16 this year. In the same period last year, 79 people died on the roads.   Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Photo: Associated Press

Photo: Associated Press

… By Taking Hostages

McClain holds a sawed-off shotgun at the throat of Judge Harold J. Haley and aims a pistol at law enforcement officers. In the background are other hostages taken by the convicts in their attempt to escape. Road flares, which were used to simulate sticks of Dynamite, was held at the Judge’s throat before being replaced by a sawed-off shotgun which was taped around his neck.

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The message: be insured, and do everything in your power not to be burgled

The number of reported burglaries remains steady, but police are resolving fewer cases, latest crime statistics show.

The figures, released by Statistics New Zealand today, show an overall 2.8 per cent decrease in the number of crimes reported to police last year.

There were 350,389 recorded offences in 2014 compared with 360,411 in 2013. When adjusted for population growth. this means criminal offences per head of population dropped by 4.2 per cent.

Similarly, the total number of resolved crime in 2014 was lower than in 2013.

Last year 145,367 crimes (41.5 per cent) were resolved, which means an offender was apprehended by police and dealt with, either with a warning or prosecution.

In 2013, 43.9 per cent, or 158,042 crimes, were resolved.

The crimes with the lowest resolution rates were burglary, unlawful entry and breaking and entering.

While the number of these crimes remained fairly steady year-on-year — 53,265 incidents were reported to police in 2014, or 1.9 per cent more than in 2013 — fewer of these crimes were resolved.

Nationwide, 12.1 per cent of those crimes were resolved last year. Auckland had the lowest resolution rate in the country, at 6.1 per cent. Read more »

Brodie Kane: Is this fair?

So, I don’t know about you but I’ve certainly used *555 to report a dangerous driver.

When I called I was driving back from Matakana, north of Auckland, and a driver was weaving in and out of the lane, and passing cars in incredibly dangerous spots. It was nerve-wracking to be behind.

I called *555 to report this in the hope that highway patrol might be in the area and could catch the driver in the act.

Luckily, they did. But what would’ve happened if they couldn’t get to him? I thought surely they’ll be able to send the driver a warning based on what I’d seen.

What I’ve learnt on the story we’ve done with west-Auckland truck driver Schaa Rabbani – is that the police can go even further than that.

Schaa came to us because he’d been issued a $150 infringement notice by police, not because they’d caught him in the act, but because one person had called to complain about his driving.

A fine for a non-police person dobbing you in?   Read more »

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Police take control of bad tourist drivers

Police suspended a French visitor’s licence on the spot on Monday after he was nabbed doing 93km/h through Hari Hari township.

As a result, he forfeited his rental vehicle and was continuing his holiday using public transport.

Yesterday, a tourist driver was also escorted by police back to Greymouth and had their vehicle confiscated following an incident on the Coast Road near Barrytown. A marked police car witnessed sustained driving by the tourist across double yellow lines.

Hokitika police apprehended a driver yesterday after being handed video evidence of dangerous overtaking on the Awatuna straight on State highway 6. Acting sergeant Paul Watson said a local resident had filmed the dangerous manoeuvre on their dash cam. Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Photo Credito: Reprodução

Photo Credito: Reprodução

Prison Breakout in Brazil

After Guards Fall For Fake ‘Orgy’ Plan

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