The public and indeed the NZ Police have resisted them being armed for a long time now.Times have changed however and it is clear that we need to change too. You don’t send a man armed with a knife to a gun fight yet we are currently expecting our Police to go unarmed to a gun fight. At least things have improved a little and they can now access weapons from locked compartments inside their vehicles. However, separate them from their vehicle and you have disarmed them and they stand unprotected against an armed terrorist or common criminal carrying a shotgun or other weapon.
The Government‚Äôs refusal to arm police means police officers are ill-equipped to defend themselves or others, whether from terrorists or other armed criminals, Police Association President Greg O‚ÄôConnor said today.
Remember when John Key was telling us Wellington was a dying city? ¬†It appears it is in a serious state of decay:
Wellington’s popular waterfront diving platform was forced to close after faecal contamination spiked at nearly 500 times the safe level, documents reveal.
An email exchange issued under the Official Information Act showed that Wellington Waterfront and the city council decided to close the platform immediately on the Friday of the rugby sevens last year after getting advice from Regional Public Health.
But at the time, Wellington Waterfront chief executive Ian Pike pointed to drunken sevens fans as the main reason for the closure, with water quality mentioned only as contributing to the decision.
Yesterday, he said that was incorrect and while security guards were in place to stop drunken people taking a jump, the tournament was “coincidental” to the decision to close the platform.
It is not likely to reopen until March, when new baffles are installed to divert stormwater.
The documents showed that enterococci bacteria levels were well above 140cfu (colony forming units) per 100 millilitres of water, which is considered the safe level for swimming.¬† Read more »
I say it is reasonably good in that they get some details right on the tools and algorithms used to analyse communications including (even thought they don;t use the term) link analysis, emergent grouping and other statistical analysis methodologies that allow systems and analyst to isolate the abnormal from teh billions of normal transactions in the data.
Over the last week, critics and defenders of the National Security Agency have heatedly debated¬†the merits of metadata¬†— information about the phone activity of millions of Americans that was given to the government via a secret court order.
The information collected includes records of¬†every call placed on the Verizon communications network¬†(and, it appears, every other U.S. phone carrier) including times, dates, lengths of calls, and the phone numbers of the participants, but not the names associated with the accounts.
For some, the collection of these data represent a grave violation of the privacy of American citizens. For others, the privacy issue is negligible, as long as it helps keep us safe from terrorism.
There are indeed privacy issues at play here, but they aren’t necessarily the obvious ones. In order to put the most important questions into context, consider the following illustration of a metadata analysis using sample data derived from a real social network. The sample data isn’t derived from telephone records, but it’s close enough to give a sense of the analysis challenges and privacy issues in play. ¬† Read more »
A friend has asked me to spread the word and solicit votes for Warrington Surf Lifesaving Club, I‚Äôd appreciate your votes and a blog post would be even better:
BP is running a nationwide competition for Surf Life Saving, where an IRB (Inflatable Rescue boat) is the prize for the club with the most votes. Warrington Surf Club was leading the votes, since a campaign was kick started by Columba College, after the incident at Purakunui, when the IRB from their club was used.
The boats are worth $25,000 and for a small club like Warrington, this would mean lots of raffles, sausages sizzles and quiz nights to raise the money to buy one.¬†¬† Read more »
The Police Association has renewed its calls for “guns on hips” after a rifle was allegedly aimed at a female officer in the Bay of Plenty early yesterday morning.
The officer had been responding to a report of suspicious activity in Katikati when she spotted a man near an intersection, police said.
When she stopped to speak to him, he dropped bags he was carrying and is alleged to have swung a rifle toward her.
The officer left immediately and called for back up, before armed offenders squad members were deployed in the area.
A 20-year-old man was arrested and yesterday appeared in Tauranga District Court on charges including burglary and using a firearm against a law enforcement officer.
I have no¬†problem¬†with arming the Police, but if the Police are to be armed then I also believe that suitably trained citizens should also be allowed to similarly armed. After all if you start arming state authorities with out similar rights passing to citizens then you run the very real risk fo the¬†citizenry¬†being able to be¬†suppressed¬†through fear and intimidation buy those same authorities.
A second point would also be that criminals already have and use firearms and the Police simply can;t be¬†everywhere,¬†thereby¬†leaving unarmed citizens at risk. If the risk is great for the police then surely the risk is greater for citizens.
I am not saying that we should be allowed tio willy-nilly carry firearms…I am saying the with training and certification and appropriate club¬†membership¬†then this should be allowed.
This is worth reading. The New York experience is mirrored in New Zealand over the last 3 years. Policing turned around and the crime rate has dropped to 1982 levels. The prison population, despite our increased penalties for violent, recidivist offenders, has fallen. South Auckland, which was known as “the mean streets” by the media, has turned around. It’s not because of the Lefties, it’s because of the Police and the fact that they stopped having to apologise for doing their jobs. Prevention First in Policing and Policing Excellence are making a lasting difference to many families and communities.
Now that Judith has fixed the Police perhaps she might like to undo the liberal damage in the Courts system.
Pay varies, but during training police officer recruits earn¬†$32,619¬†a year¬†(total package $36,149). New graduates from Police College¬†earn $47,600 a year, plus other benefits (total package $53,305). Salaries increase over time and police in higher ranks, such as sergeants, earn more than this.
According to the 2006 Census, police officers earned an average of $55,900 a year and worked an average of 43 hours per week. This includes full and part-time workers.
For that amount of pay they too also work rosters and are on call pretty their entire working lives. For the privilege of $55,900 per annum they get assaulted, stabbed, shot at, and sometimes run over and killed.
Wharfies on the other hand get full medical insurance benefits for their entire family, $91,000 per annum and only have to work 28 hours in every 40 hours rostered. They get to drive cranes and trucks and forklifts and hoists…but no¬†one shoots at them, no one stabs them, no one bites them, no one bashes them for tuning up to sort ¬†a domestic. There really is no comparison is there.
The people we rely on to protect us the most earn about half what a wharfie earns, I don’t think that is acceptable do you?
Who should be paid more
Police Officers who serve and protect (96%, 522 Votes)