Police Association’s president Greg O’Connor not happy with journalists second-guessing police

Damn democracy and free speech.  Once the job is done, who needs amateurs looking into it?

In reaction to Ian Wishart’s new book and retraction of his earlier belief that Scott Watson is innocent, the Police Association says the “continual issuing of books and other publications casting aspersions on verdicts by honing in on one aspect of a case and ignoring other evidence is damaging to the public’s faith in the justice system”.

The association’s president, Greg O’Connor said the essence of detective work was to never allow the evidence to fit the theory of what occurred.

“Every new piece of evidence should be interrogated and its impact on the reconstruction of the crime evaluated.”   Read more »


GPS Bracelet Escapee of the Day

Analog tracking device

Analog tracking device

Just as well this is Corrections again.  If it was Serco, they would have been fined and fired.

Police are on the hunt for a man who has slipped his monitoring bracelet in Christchurch.

Thirty-seven-year-old Richard John Percival removed his bracelet around 10pm last night in the Burnside area.   Read more »

Crusher Collins disgusted with bail decision

Judith Collins is making her presence felt once again, commenting on the scumbag who has absconded after being released on bail.

Police and Corrections Minister Judith Collins says on-the-run criminal Mathew Kidman should not have been granted bail.

A warrant for Kidman’s arrest was issued after he absconded on Friday. The 35-year-old has a long criminal history, peppered with attempts to escape law enforcement.

On Tuesday, Collins said the Department of Corrections did not recommend Kidman receive electronically monitored bail.   Read more »

Colin Craig is ready to return as leader of the Conservative Party

Colin Craig gave a generous Christmas donation to the Conservative Party, despite stepping down as its leader.

The party declared a $22,000 donation from Mr Craig on December 22, on top of earlier donations of $3000, $6000 and $8300 last year.

Political parties must declare individual or separate donations which amount to more than $30,000 within a 12-month period.

The latest donations come despite Mr Craig taking a back seat in the party’s operations. He stepped down as leader in June after admitting to inappropriate conduct with a former staff member.

“Obviously I’m out for the moment … but I will continue to be supportive of the party and I will continue to give to the party,” Mr Craig said yesterday.

Funding was needed to cover staff costs and a large leaflet drop last year, he said.

Mr Craig has spent close to $3 million of his personal income on the party over two elections, without winning a seat in Parliament.

The party’s board announced in November that it was seeking a new leader.

Mr Craig said the donations were not an attempt to maintain control of the party or influence its leadership decisions.

He has ruled himself out of contention until he resolved two legal cases he was involved in – a defamation case and an allegation that he broke electoral laws ahead of the general election in 2014.

Well, he’s got five defamation cases he’s personally involved in.    Read more »

And Greg O’Connor wants all police to be armed?

Correct carry technique

Correct carry technique

Greg O’Connor wants all Police armed. He has set about creating a media storm about the risks cops face and though some of them are real his last stunt before Christmas, using Heather du Plessis-Allan as the patsy, hasn’t played out all that well.

This latest news suggests that his call might be a bit premature.

An investigation has been launched after a police officer shot himself in the foot while searching for a wanted person.

The incident happened in mid-December and RNZ News understands it took place during the search for the killer of Lance John Murphy.

RNZ News has been told that during the search for Mr Murphy’s killer, an officer fell over and shot himself in the foot.

Police have confirmed the incident, and said the officer was not a member of the Armed Offenders Squad, but was carrying a rifle.

They said an investigation was immediately launched and the firearm was sent to the police armoury for examination.

Police Association vice-President Luke Shadbolt said it was not yet known whether it was a mechanical failure or a training issue, but if it was the latter, it was a serious concern.   Read more »

Police try to wrestle control back from Facebook

Retailers such as Gun City have worked hard to crowd-source justice by involving Facebook.  Now the police will buy rights to use software for retailers to file electronic reports directly to them.

The software enables retailers to complete incident reports and provide relevant information to police about thefts including shoplifting and petrol drive offs, and other incidents.

The information can be shared between retailers to prevent further offending.

A Police National Headquarters spokeswoman said all information shared through the Auror portal was automatically forwarded to the police crime reporting line.

Retailers were saved a trip to their local police station to file a report but it was still received and investigated.

“As well as images of offenders, retailers can provide vehicle registrations, images of associates, modus operandi, products targeted, time, day and location,” the spokeswoman said.

“Behind the scenes, Auror provides relevant intelligence to police to assist in effective and efficient retail crime prevention. This allows police to detect offence and offender patterns, and to target repeat offenders — often for offences spanning across police districts.”

The important thing is for those subscribing to the system to feel they aren’t just sending their reports into a black hole.  Sufficient resources must be assigned to actually derive benefit from it instead of keeping the public at arms length.   Right now, these retailers go to Facebook because they get results.  And then they give that information to the police… and what happens? Read more »

Top speed cameras net $25m in fines

Two fixed speed cameras on the Wellington roading network – one in Porirua and the other on Ngauranga Gorge – both generated fines in excess of $1 million in the first nine months of last year.

More than 15,000 tickets were generated from the Porirua camera, totalling $1.13m in fines. The Ngauranga Gorge camera nabbed 14,200 speedsters, with total fines of $1.07m.

Twelve of the top 20 speed cameras are in the Auckland region. A camera on Great South Rd doled out more than 10,000 tickets and another on the Northwestern Motorway, between the Patiki footbridge and the Waterview Interchange, snapped 8450 motorists.

Police issued more than 390,000 speed camera tickets, totalling $25 million in fines, until September 13 – a drop of 98,760 tickets from the same period last year.

National road policing manager Superintendent Steve Greally said the drop in speed camera tickets was “very encouraging”, as it showed road safety was improving.

Is it?  I’m not sure you can conclude road safety is improving while more people are dead.   Read more »

Next step: confiscate their cars and lock them up

More than 300 drivers have had their licences suspended under a government crackdown on more than half a billion dollars in unpaid traffic-related fines.

Although total fines now owed by 485,000 offenders have eased to $433.6 million, they stood at $554.4 million at the end of 2013.

That was just before the Government introduced a punitive new regime in February 2014 for motorists refusing to pay up for speeding and other traffic offences – even down to parking infringements if pursued through the courts.

Justice Ministry collections chief Bryce Patchell has told the Herald in response to an Official Information Act request that 310 drivers have had their licences suspended under regime stop orders.

But the regime got off to a slow start, as only 19 were issued in 2014, with all but four in December.

The other 291 were imposed on drivers over the 10 months between January 1 and October 31 of 2015.

So that measure brought in about 20% of the outstanding fines.  Time to ratchet up the consequences, since the remaining 80% clearly aren’t intimidated yet. Read more »

Wainuiomata ferals shooting at speed camera

Trevor Mallard’s feral mates in Wainuiomata are taking the law into their own hands and shooting up a speed camera.

A Wainuiomata speed camera may be the most hated in the country, attacked by everything from angle grinder to firearms as locals revolt against perceived unfair treatment.

In the latest incident, the camera at the top of Wainuiomata hill was left with several cracks after it was shot for the second time.

Long-time Wainuiomata resident Mark Sharp said speed cameras were a “sensitive topic” in the suburb after the hilltop camera was resurrected in December.

There were three cameras in the space of a few kilometres on the road leading into the Lower Hutt suburb, Sharp said: one on each side of the hill, and one at its top.

The camera was originally placed at the top of the hill around the same time as one was installed near the old Griffin’s factory on Wainuiomata Rd in September 2014, he said.

“I think some guy went up there with an angle grinder and ground the camera off.”    Read more »

No matter what we do, no matter what we say, the road toll keeps going up

The country’s holiday road toll has jumped to five with a 65-year-old motorcyclist dying after hitting a fence in the Waikato.

Emergency services were called out to the crash at Te Poi, in the Matamata District at about 1:30pm today.

The Tauranga man died after riding off Rapurapu Rd.

A police spokesman said it appeared the biker had been riding as part of a group and crashed into a fence.

One person died at the scene, a spokesman for St John’s said.

On Saturday, a cyclist died from injuries sustained in a west Auckland crash on Christmas Day.

It followed a double fatality in a two-car crash on State Highway 1 near Tokoroa on Saturday.

A three-vehicle crash near Whangarei on Friday killed another.

Overall, the current toll is close to 2014-15’s, with four deaths at this time in 2014.

The police are bending over backwards to try to prove that their reduced speed and alcohol tolerances are responsible for fewer road fatalities, but the facts continue to get in the way.   Read more »