NZ Police

(Former) Law Society president Jonathan Temm upset that police are doing a good job

A rare occasion when the champion of the criminal, the NZ Herald, actually takes the side of police, so it’s worth highlighting since?it’s a rare slip up in their usual anti-authoritarian stance.

Statistics rule our world in many ways, but their value is surely taken too far when they tell us the rate of successful criminal prosecutions is too high. That is what the New Zealand Law Society said when Statistics New Zealand reported the conviction rate to be its highest in at least 35 years. Last year, 83.2 per cent of people charged in our courts were convicted. Prosecution success rates have risen in 10 of the past 11 years.

“It’s heading the wrong way,” said Law Society president Jonathan Temm. “Our level should be constantly around the 75 per cent mark. Anything over 80 per cent (means) people are pleading guilty to things that in the past they would not have been convicted of.”

Really? How was that figure pre-determined to be the benchmark of justice? It is reminiscent of school exams in the days of “scaling”. If much more than 50 per cent of pupils passed the qualification, it meant the exam was not hard enough.

In that event, the education authorities used to scale back all marks so only the desired proportion passed. If more pupils than usual had been smart enough, or had studied hard enough, to pass that year, well, tough luck for some of them. At least, there is no suggestion some of each year’s convictions should be quashed to reduce the rate to 75 per cent retrospective, but that is a small mercy. Why can we not simply celebrate a rising success rate for those who bring charges to court?

It shows clearly that Police are doing an excellent job at deciding what will succeed in front of a court and what will be a waste of time or is hopeful thinking. I, personally, can’t see any down-side to criminals being convicted at higher rates. All this against a backdrop of a reduction in over-all crime! ? Read more »

Heather du Plessis-Allan under police investigation

Back when Nicky Hager ran his Dirty Politics hit job I was attacked for dusting up regulators, texting John Key, getting OIAs turned around quick smart, emailing my mates and having chats that were a bit colourful. None of that was illegal at all, two police investigations, two government inquiries all proved that nothing was illegal.

Even though none of it was illegal the Media Party went all in and hounded me and my friends. An illegal act of hacking and stealing my data was excused by Nicky Hager,?Herald journalists, and other media as “public interest”. They lauded the criminal as a hero when he was in reality a criminal. They also worked with and know who the hacker is and still protect him to this day. They are as complicit as the hacker is in the crimes they committed.

Yesterday it was revealed that two other journalists have participated in a crime, obtaining a firearm illegally. They too have justified this as “public interest” like it gives them a free pass to commit crimes.

They are wrong. In Sweden three journalists, including their boss were charged for just such a crime.

Heather du Plessis-Allan and Duncan Garner went big on?the?story and with the able assistance of Greg O’Connor?had a good story. Right after they started ramping up the promos on radio and started spilling the beans things started to go awry.

I don’t think they have realised how much trouble they have gotten themselves involved in. This involved firearms. It is serious. And we know it is serious because they’ve breathlessly told us so. My earlier post points out how dimly the Police should take their actions. ?? 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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A senior police officer is calling for lower speed limits

Listen. ?You’re driving too fast.

No matter that you’re sticking to speeds below the speed limit. ?You’re still going too fast.

A senior police officer is calling for lower speed limits and demerit points for speed camera offences after a horrendous weekend on the roads.

There have been eight deaths in four separate accidents, with two both claiming the lives of three people.

The death toll on the country’s roads is set to rise even higher, after a fatal crash near Kaiapoi tonight.

Canterbury’s Northern Motorway is closed southbound, and traffic is heavily backed up.

The exact number of dead and injured from the latest crash is yet to be released. Read more »

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Suicide by cop

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Police have shot and killed a man who confronted them with a firearm during Thames today.

Officers were called about midday to the scene “where there was a significant threat of violence”, police said in a statement tonight.

Police said they learned a firearm was involved and the Armed Offenders Squad and the Police Negotiation Team were deployed. Read more »

Face of the day

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NZ Police Inspector Brigitte Nimmo was found dead in an Auckland hotel room. Photo / Mark Mitchell

 

The top police officer who provided support to the families of those killed in the Pike River tragedy was discovered dead in an Auckland hotel room.

Inspector Brigitte Nimmo started her career as a successful lawyer and held a number of senior positions at police national headquarters since joining the organisation in 1999, most recently in charge of all family violence cases and policy development.

The Wellington resident had also been an adviser to the Police Commissioner and was later responsible for supporting the families of the 29 miners killed in the explosions at Pike River in 2010.

Police initially told media that she appeared to have died of natural causes, but have since confirmed to the Herald that the sudden death has been referred to the Coroner.
Colleagues and others who worked closely with Ms Nimmo have been left devastated.

She was described as a “heroine” in one tribute posted online by anti-family violence advocates.

“You stood for and championed so many causes – so dedicated, driven and determined to make our world a better place. You gave all the energy and expertise that you had to help others. A true leader, your work ethic and practice was inspirational but you also conducted yourself with such warmth and care and a bright smile for those around you,” wrote Kristin Dunne and Lesley Elliott, trustees of the Sophie Elliott Foundation which aims to prevent violence against women by raising awareness about the signs of abuse in dating relationships.

“New Zealand has lost an incredible woman but heaven has gained a beautiful angel. Give our love to Sophie.”

Sophie Elliott was murdered by her former boyfriend Clayton Weatherston who is serving a minimum 18 years of a life sentence.

Deputy Commissioner Glenn Dunbier said police are deeply saddened at the sudden death of Ms Nimmo, who was awarded the Minister’s Prize for topping her graduation wing.

“After spending the early part of her police career as a legal adviser, Brigitte focused on family violence and victim liaison roles where she was a passionate advocate for the vulnerable in our communities,” he said.

“Brigitte had a sense of energy and professionalism which was an inspiration to everyone.”

Her family said they were very proud of Ms Nimmo’s career, particularly her involvement in setting up the family liaison response in the aftermath of the Pike River mine disaster.

“This was an incredibly trying time which saw her dealing with a tragedy which had not led to that many victims, and people affected, since the Mt Erebus disaster,” according to a family statement.

The experience which Brigitte gained from Pike River led to her involvement in the Canterbury earthquake in February 2011 and other key accomplishments included her secondment to the role of National Family Violence Co-ordinator, where she led several important pieces of work like the introduction of Police Safety Orders.

-NZ Herald

NZ Police are failing the public – Bryce Edwards

I for one have nothing but respect for the very thin blue line. ?Few people put their bodies on the line night after night to keep the rest of us in a state of blissful ignorance as to what really goes on.

But.

Edwards asks some serious?questions. ?And to be honest, they deserve serious answers.

A lengthy catalogue of failure, embarrassment and injustice has been building on the police scorecard in recent years. On top of the retrials for the likes of Mark Lundy, David Bain, and Teina Pora, other major policing controversies include:

? Peter Ellis’ conviction for sexual offences revealed very suspect methods used by the police.

? The 2007 Bazley Commission of Inquiry into the police showed that the institution has pernicious problems in dealing with women.

? Official reports have been scathing about the Roastbusters investigation.

? The so-called Urewera anti-terrorist raid on activists and communities in 2007 showed, once again, that dissenting voices are clamped down on hard, using unlawful techniques.

? The police fervour against Kim Dotcom has also been telling ? in apparent deference towards US law enforcers they illegally used the GCSB to carry out surveillance and then unlawful arrest warrants in their over-the-top raid.

Other serious failings have plagued the police, including official criticisms for numerous deaths in police custody, involving inadequate duty of care or overly vigorous restraint. Likewise, police use of firearms, Tasers and high-speed pursuits ? with deadly consequences ? have indicated an often-cavalier approach.

Historically, New Zealanders have held the police in high regard, and to a large extent that’s still true. But that trust does appear to be eroding.

Just like good dog owners are tainted by the behaviour of bad dog owners, just like all beneficiaries are considered troughing scum due to the behaviour of those that are in fact troughing scum, so is the police suffering reputational damage due to high profile mistakes. ? Read more »

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Faces of the day

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Holly from Dunedin writes: “My flatmate lost his phone on Saturday and a couple of police officers took a selfie and posted it on Facebook so he would know it had been found. It had over 11,000 likes in less than 24 hours.”

-The Herald

Today’s faces of the day represent how I feel about the New Zealand Police. Like every profession some are nicer than others but all up I think they are the good guys who put themselves in danger daily in order to protect us all.They are real people who choose to do a difficult and often thankless job where they can be easy targets for verbal abuse and violence. I admire them.

Not everyone shares my view and this week I was angered to see the below image posted on TDB.

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Wasting police time, or community relations?

New Plymouth police have been rapped over the knuckles by national headquarters for taking a hospitable approach to those asking for a breath test.

It was reported earlier this month that people often entered the station asking to be tested. Officers, if not too busy, were happy to oblige.

However, New Plymouth police have now been told their approach does not line up with national policy – and that they should stop immediately.

“While these staff have acted in good faith and with the best of intentions, there is a risk if for example someone initially passes a test, then drives and is found later to be over the limit, or is involved in a crash, which could have tragic consequences,” Central Districts Acting District Commander Inspector Mark Harrison said.

Have we now turned into the United States, where people in official capacities are stopped from assisting the public out of kindness, in case there is a mistake and it causes some liability? ? Read more »

iPads not working for the Police, and I suspect I know why

 

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At the start of the roll-out the police said an 11-month trial had shown Apple’s iPads and iPhones were the best fit for officers.

But Labour Party police spokesperson Kelvin Davis said the move to start replacing more than 4000 iPads suggests otherwise. Read more »

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