Mike Bush

Perhaps the Police should form a political party

The Police are becoming political activists. They are lobbying to have guns that were previously legal removed from owners, and they are lobbying to have drinking laws changed.

They have, however, gone a step too far by using a scumbag who killed someone when he was pissed to lay blame on pubs serving alcohol after midnight.

Police have recruited a?former Navy sailor who killed a?stranger?with a punch?to the head to testify of the dangers of?late night bars.

Grenville McFarland, 30, was jailed for the manslaughter of Tarun?Asthana, who?he killed with a blow to the head in November 2013.

Police approached McFarland to give?evidence to the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority that?bars should close earlier to prevent similar tragedies.

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Top Cop should stick to his knitting

Police commissioner Mike Bush didn?t go so far as actually advocating a law prohibiting ?hate speech?, however that may be defined, but obviously it was on his mind. In fact he?s talked to the Human Rights Commission about it.

I imagine it would have been a meeting of minds. After all, it?s the nature of bureaucracies to want their powers expanded.

Combine this with the pervasive school of thought in modern government which holds that a feckless society needs paternalistic minders to keep it from getting into trouble, and almost any busybody law becomes possible.

If we were to have speech police, could George Orwell?s Thought Police be far behind?

A hate speech law would mark a radical and dangerous extension of existing police powers: from protecting people and property against clearly identifiable threats, such as assault and theft, to making value judgments about whether a citizen has crossed the blurry line between fair comment and something much darker.

Wherever this has been tried elsewhere in the world it has led to less freedom. ? Read more »

Media break story they broke 34 years ago in attempt to take out Police Commissioner

The media have gone all in on Mike Bush and a drink driving story written about in the Auckland Star 34 years ago when Paula Penfold worked for them.

Paula Penfold has made out that they broke the story just yesterday in a gotcha sting against Mike Bush.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush has admitted a?historical drink driving conviction.

Under existing recruitment policies, the conviction would prevent Bush from ever even applying to join police, but he is protected by how long ago it happened.

“The incident happened 34 years ago while I was an off-duty detective constable in Auckland in 1983,” Bush said in a statement.

“I was 23 years old at the time and had been in Police for five?years.?I pleaded guilty and was convicted. I received a $250 fine and was disqualified from driving for six months.”

Bush released a public statement on Friday morning after months of questioning by the?Stuff Circuit?investigation team. ? Read more »

National pours cold water over Human Rights Commission and Police Commissioner Mike Bush’s Hate Speech ideas

Police are considering the advantages of introducing a specific hate speech crime to target anecdotal reports of an increase in attacks.

Just days ago a woman was charged with assault after an attack on a Muslim woman in Huntly, near Hamilton, which was filmed and posted on social media.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush raised the idea in a select committee review of NZ Police on Wednesday.

He said communities and the Human Rights Commission had been driving calls for specific hate crime legislation, according to RNZ.

“We have crime categories at the moment that do apply but we’re just working through the pros and cons of whether or not it would be the right thing to do to recommend a specific crime type,” he said.

Police Minister Paula Bennett questioned whether there was an increase in attacks or whether it was the result of wider coverage, something Mr Bush also raised. Read more »

Unconscious Bias Cannot Counter Evidence

A reader emails:

Police Commissioner Mike Bush recently told Lisa Owen? “We’re wanting to build great relationships with academia because we’re determined to be a very evidence-based police service.” This sounds excellent until he also seems to confuse evidence with feelings.

In the same interview he said “as we know, family violence occurs across every demographic, and no one is immune from it or no community or no demographic is immune.” He also said that officers were being trained to recognise and acknowledge any predjudice “so that we don’t apply any unconscious bias to any demographic”. He says the Police are “doing so much to try and work with iwi and Maori to change that over-representation” in the domestic violence statistics.

Working only with Maori groups on a problem that is “across every demographic…[and] community” makes no sense. It’s like Dame Susan standing in solidarity only with the Muslim community against terrorism when the victims were French and Israeli also. Perhaps Bush and Devoy should consult their “unconscious biases”. ? Read more »

Light ’em up

The bad guys are not going to be so quick to want to attack cops.

All frontline police officers will soon be armed with Tasers while on duty.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush made the announcement from police headquarters in Wellington this morning, saying the change was about enhancing the safety of New Zealand communities and police staff.

Currently, frontline officers could access Tasers from a lockbox in police vehicles when required, however, the new initiative means tasers can be carried by appropriately trained, level-one responders, at all times.

There were approximately 5500 police staff trained as level one responders, Mr Bush said.

The implementation of the initiative would begin today but it would be weeks or months before frontline staff would actually be carrying a Taser.

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Police Commissioner Mike Bush slaps “politically neutral” Bryce Edwards up the head

Bryce Edwards tore a strip off New Zealand Police last week. ?Mike Bush gets his sledges in early.

I challenge Dr Bryce Edwards to get out from behind his desk and see first-hand the outstanding work 12,000 New Zealand Police staff do every day.

I have no doubt this would give him a better-informed picture of modern policing, rather than re-visiting a selective handful of high-profile issues dating back over the past 50 years

Academics, journalists and bloggers that don’t get out from behind their desks are constantly being embarrassed by the facts. ? But you’d expect academics, especially the “politically neutral” variety to take specific effort to go and get real data rather than form an opinion based on media reports. ? Read more »

Hooton asks “Where is Colin Craig?”

Matthew Hooton in his NBR column asks where is Colin Craig?

The country?s going to hell in a handbasket.

Prime Minister John Key has again been photographed being kissed by drag queens.

Police commissioner Mike Bush has allowed uniformed officers to march in the annual Pride parade.

Same-sex marriage continues with gay abandon.

Schools are teaching students as young as five the correct names of body parts and what kinds of personal interaction is allowed and not allowed, rather than leaving them to work it out in the playground as they did in the good old days.

Parents are still not allowed to smack their kids.

God is displeased, sending drought to the South Island and plague to Auckland?s Sodom and Gomorrah, Grey Lynn.

The conditions are ripe for a conservative backlash.? So where is Colin Craig?

If Matthew Hooton is asking that question it shows how out of the political loop he is these days.

From May 2012, Mr Craig invested an enormous amount of time and at least $3,354,600 in his Conservative Party.? For his efforts, the party scored a credible 95,598 party votes last year, 3.97% of the total.? It was up on the 59,237 votes the party won in its first outing 2011, 2.65% of those cast.

Like all party leaders, Mr Craig had a rough time through the election campaign.? He was mocked mercilessly by the liberal establishment, who considered him a greater threat than he turned out to be. His own party plastered an unflattering mug shot of him on hoardings across the country.? Worst of all, his press secretary resigned mysteriously two days before the election, slamming him as? ?manipulative.? Mr Craig denied any ?unchristian? or ?untoward? behaviour.

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Little risks skeletons in Labour’s closet

Andrew Little is playing the sanctimonious card rather too hard.

Labour leader Andrew Little says Prime Minister John Key allowed former MP Mike Sabin to chair the Law and Order Select Committee at least once after Mr Key found out he was being investigated, showing a “cavalier attitude” to Parliament.

Mr Key has said the first he knew Mr Sabin was facing personal issues that resulted in his resignation was on December 1. Mr Little said Mr Sabin had chaired the meeting of the Law and Order Select Committee on December 3, two days after Mr Key was told.

“That was a severe conflict of interest. It shows a cavalier attitude by the Government towards Parliamentary oversight of the Police. We need to know that the institutions of Parliament, select committees and the way they operate are done in a way that maintains public confidence in them. You can’t have a committee of Parliament that provides oversight for the Police being chaired by someone under Police investigation.”

Mr Little said he believed Mr Key knew more than he was admitting to. Police Minister Michael Woodhouse has repeatedly refused to say whether he or his predecessor, Anne Tolley, were briefed under the ‘no surprises’ policy. On Waitangi Day, Police Commissioner Mike Bush also refused to confirm whether he had advised ministers, but said police “have not dropped the ball.”

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Were Police fiddling the figures under Clark?

After the selective leak of a report into Counties Manukau police fiddling the crime stats one has to wonder if anything has been left out.

The hit job was designed to get Mike Bush, and has been signalled for months by the opposition who started framing discussion around police reporting as being dodgy.

Jacinda Ardern was floating this boat back in April.

But how long has it been going on for? A long time it seems, before the National government as well.

Did it happen under Clark’s administration? Quite possibly.

This email just came in on the tipline.

Hi Cam/Team

This is regarding the recoding of burglaries in Counties Manukau South (Franklin and Papakura) to reduce recorded incidences of burglaries. This is far more widespread that just what has been identified, but it is also nothing to do with political pressure (or, should I say, nothing to do with a National govt). I worked briefly on the Burglary Squad in [REDACTED]?(I was a sworn Constable at the time) in early 2008 (under the Clark Labour govt), and I was instructed to recode burglaries where ever possible, even when it was clear the definition of a burglary had occurred (common recoding was, as has been reported, to standard theft, or wilful/intentional damage, or recoding to a “suspicious person” or other such incident). That was all to reduce burglary stats.? Read more »