Be part of the solution or you are part of the problem

Rob Pope has thrown a hissy fit and petulantly resigned effectively at the end of his contract in April.

The man who led some of New Zealand’s biggest investigations is walking away from the police in the wake of a damning report into the force’s culture.

Deputy Police Commissioner Rob Pope announced his retirement today, saying it was in the interests of police that he not re-apply for his position.

He got the last bit right. He finally has got the message that his face doesn’t fit. He has ended a reign of terror and blackmail against his fellow cops with his resignation. There are many in the Police who will be sighing with relief that it is pretty much all over now. Howard Broad leaving at the same time will complete the start of a change of culture within the Police.

I say a start because after the damning PWC report into Police culture it is clear that there needs to be changes. Predictably Howard borad is upset, but he is one of the main problems that exists within the Police and its culture issues.

Police Commissioner Howard Broad says the force has turned a corner towards blanket intolerance of poor performance and sexual misconduct, despite a report criticising its bosses as lacking courage and – according to one officer – living in “bullshit castle”.

The independent report by PricewaterhouseCoopers, released last night, follows a warning from Police Minister Judith Collins this month to senior officers to speed up culture change.

Both Rob Pope and Howard Broad made the fatal, for their careers, error of thinking that Judith Collins could be ignored. She has now successfully picked off the scabs that have been holding back rejuvenation in the Police. Sensibly she appointed someone to replace Howard Broad who is actually well liked, isn’t work shy, and is a copper cop to run the Police.

My bet is now that the Minister will focus her gaze upon the loafers, work-shy and indigent in the Police force, right down to Sergeant level.

Some officers were “poisoning the well”, the report said. It noted a disconnection between head office and frontline staff, with one officer saying “the commissioner and all his mates at ‘bullshit castle’ at headquarters should get back on the street and get a reality check”.

My advice to her targets is sharpen up or go easily. I would also advise Greg O’Connor to resist the urge to act like a typical union and actually embrace the changes coming because they are good for the police in the long run and it is always better to be part of the solution than part of the problem. You only need to look at Rob pope and Howard Broad to find out what happens to those that are part of the problem.

It is high time that the Police earned back the respect of the population, a good start along that road to recovery would be the sacking of useless cops and restore the professionalism and confidence of the remainder.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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