Police

The stupidty of Greg O’Connor and the Police Association

The Police Association want the Police to be the only people with guns.

They have made their submission to the inquiry into gun control and have several rather bizarre claims and suggestions.

The biggest outrage is to request a ban on what they call “.50 calibre firearms”.

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Surely Police aren’t seriously suggesting we have no new bars in Auckland for six years

The Police seem to have become captured by anti-alcohol health campaigners, and producing equally dodgy assumptions as fact, as they suggest that Auckland should have no new bars for six years.

The smartphone footage shows them puffing up their chests and barging into each other. One of them shapes up to a woman in black shorts. He flattens her off her high-heels and she lands heavily head-first on the concrete.

In another video caught on CCTV a man falls over as he attempts a roundhouse kick. Another pummels his fists into him as he lies on the ground.

The two videos, taken two months apart, at roughly the same spot on Auckland city’s Fort St, show the moment tensions spill over into late-night brawls that end with multiple people in hospital, or facing criminal charges – or both.

For police, the videos give them two new pieces of evidence in their argument for tougher restrictions on when people should be able to drink in the city.

They are mounting a case for a six-year ban on all new bars and bottle shops in Auckland’s CBD, as well as a 1am one-way door policy and a 3am close.

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There is honour in helping the police keep us all safe

Kerry McIvor muses:

Nosiness gets a bad rap.

Think of nosy neighbours. Who wants them peering out through their net curtains, observing your comings and goings and counting the gentlemen callers? Tutting at the time you pulled up in a taxi, hissing through their teeth in horrified delight as you staggered up the path and fumbled for the door key?

Nosiness implies disapproval and judgment and censure.

And yet that’s not always the case. I loved hearing this week about the case up north of the locals who helped police uncover New Zealand’s biggest methamphetamine haul.

The alleged crims were busted when locals reported suspicious vehicles in the area and people trying to launch boats off the Far North’s west coast. A low-flying aircraft added to the mystery.

Some locals were offered suspiciously large sums of money to help strangers get their boats into the water and knew something wasn’t kosher.

So they took down registration numbers, memorised faces and called police – and New Zealand’s largest drugs bust came down to good old-fashioned neighbourliness.

It reminded me of the Rainbow Warrior bombing more than 30 years ago.

I once viewed a couple of guys sitting in a car in the street not doing anything at all for quite some time. I simply walked out, took a photo of them and the licence plate, and walked back in as they drove past cursing at me. We all know the rhythms of the places we live, and when something is different.  Read more »

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Anyone seen my Glock?

Oh dear, how embarrassing.

Police are investigating how an officer left a loaded gun in a bathroom at Parliament.

Superintendent Chris Scahill said they retrieved the weapon as soon as they were told someone had found it.

He said the incident was regrettable, and acknowledged the potential risk it could have posed.   Read more »

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Photo Of The Day

Fifty-two-year-old Richard Beasley and his protegé, 16-year-old Brogan Rafferty were charged with using Craigslist to lure men with false job postings. The men, all of which were single and without families, would respond to the ad that claimed they would also have room and board while working on a cattle farm that didn't exist. One victim, who was shot in the elbow, was able to run away to safety, but when police responded they found three other bodies at the scene in shallow graves.

Fifty-two-year-old Richard Beasley and his protegé, 16-year-old Brogan Rafferty, were charged with using Craigslist to lure men with false job postings. The men, all of whom were single and without families, would respond to the ad that claimed they would also have room and board while working on a cattle farm that didn’t exist. One victim, who was shot in the elbow, was able to run away to safety, but when police responded they found three other bodies at the scene in shallow graves.

Murder by Craigslist

Most people go to Craigslist to find apartments, job openings, and cheap furniture, while others use the popular classified advertising website to do their dirty work. In recent years, Craigslist has become a hotbed for predators and scam artists looking to take advantage of unsuspecting victims. What’s worse is no Craigslist section is safe from criminals. Whether you’re browsing the personals, for sale, or jobs section, you never really know who’s on the other end and what kind of danger you might be in.

The preacher placed the ad:

Wanted: Caretaker For Farm. Simply watch over a 688 acre patch of hilly farmland and feed a few cows, you get 300 a week and a nice 2 bedroom trailer, someone older and single preferred but will consider all, relocation a must, you must have a clean record and be trustworthy—this is a permanent position, the farm is used mainly as a hunting preserve, is overrun with game, has a stocked 3 acre pond, but some beef cattle will be kept, nearest neighbour is a mile away, the place is secluded and beautiful, it will be a real get away for the right person, job of a lifetime—if you are ready to relocate please contact asap, position will not stay open.

More than a hundred men applied; four were hired. The preacher and his “nephew” offered each a ride down to the farm. The men never knew what was going on—what bizarre scheme they’d stumbled upon. What happened next was almost too terrible to believe.

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Labour’s next campaign is against the Police; let’s see how that works out for them

Stuart Nash has been sending out emails following the format of their housing email, soliciting people who feel they have had a raw deal from Police.

Dear [REDACTED],

Every day I’m hearing more and more stories of Kiwis struggling to get help when they’ve been a victim of crime.

While the men and women of our police force do a brilliant job on the ground, the reality is that the police have been underfunded by $300 million over the past four years. National have just not given the police enough resources to do their jobs.

We’re hearing stories of police not turning up to crime scenes because they don’t have enough staff, of community police stations closing or losing resources, and councils using private security firms because they can’t rely on the police to do all the work required.

We need to shine a spotlight on these issues. One of the best ways we can do that is by learning more about the issues affecting people like you.

[REDACTED], will you take our short survey about police in New Zealand?

The issue isn’t about how our police officers are performing, but how National has systematically underfunded them to the point where they are compromised in their ability to keep our communities safe.

Labour will fund our police force properly. But before we’re back in Government, we need to make sure we get the word out about the impact of National’s underfunding.Click here to take our survey now.

Thanks,

Stuart Nash
Labour Police Spokesperson

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Not a winning strategy to stay alive

Threatening cops with a machete is always going to get you hurt, or in this case dead.

A man was threatening police with a machete before he was shot and killed by officers in Paeroa this morning.

Police said Acting Assistant Commissioner Bruce Bird is due to speak about the incident soon.

In a statement, police said officers had been responding to an incident following reports of a person being threatened with a machete.

“The male allegedly threatened police with the weapon.

“Police provided first aid to the man, but he was later declared deceased.”

The man is a 57-year-old local and is known by police, authorities said.

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Nash goes double full retard

Stuart Nash has gone double full retard, attacking a Regional Police Commander, this from the guy who wants to be Police minister.

He’s obviously never heard of the maxim for the General to back his troops.

Labour’s police spokesman Stuart Nash says he has lost confidence in Napier’s police chief, claiming there has been a “hollowing out of policing” under her watch.

In an opinion piece for Hawkes Bay Today, the Napier MP said he struggled to see how district commander Sandra Venables was keeping communities safe or executing proper strategies to ensure police had resources to fight crime and solve cases.

“I have to admit, this is a very big call, but I feel that the concerns of our diverse communities are not being taken seriously at all,” he said.   Read more »

Everybody knows you don’t go full retard, you went full retard, Stu, never go full retard

I did warn Stuart Nash not to go full retard, but he went ahead went full retard anyway.

Strict speed limits won’t lower the road toll because drivers glued to the speedometer will be distracted from watching the road in front of them, says Police Minister Judith Collins.

Queen’s Birthday weekend finished with the highest road toll in 27 years after eight crashes led to eleven people dying on New Zealand roads.

Only Labour would try and politick over road deaths.

Is Stuart Nash seriously suggesting that more Police driving around ticketing people going 1km over the speed limit is going to stop road deaths…seriously?  Read more »

Adult crimes should have adult consequences

The liberal hand-wringers and crim-huggers are at it again, this time wanting 17 year old criminals to be treated lightly by courts.

Child and youth workers are pleading with the Government to change the way 17-year-olds are treated in our justice system.

At the moment they are dealt with alongside serious adult offenders, but experts claim that’s unfair and unreasonable, and they’re pushing for them to get another year’s grace in the Youth Court.

When a hooded robber points a gun at your face, how old they are makes no difference to the terror you feel. But if that robber is still legally a child, then there’s a huge difference to how they’re punished.

Sixteen-year-olds will be dealt with by the Youth Court and spared adult prison.

“If you’re 17 — you’re wearing a school uniform, full-time education — and you commit an offence, you can end up in the District Court or you can end up in prison,” says Victoria University’s Dr Nessa Lynch.

With serious offending, such as murder, that punishment may be fair. But Dr Lynch and JustSpeak’s Dr Katie Bruce believe in many other cases that course of action is unjust.

“I think 17-year-olds do know the difference between right and wrong, but what’s really interesting is that brain science is showing now that actually your frontal cortex isn’t fully developed until you’re around 25,” says Dr Bruce.

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