Police

Police revenue gathering division looking to be outsourced, watch out motorists

The Police revenue gathering team aka Speed Camera Division is looking to be outsourced.

New Zealand’s speed camera network could soon be privately managed as police look to re-deploy their resources to other areas.

The network currently includes 19 fixed speed cameras, 43 mobile speed cameras in vans, and three dual purpose red light/speed cameras.

But the number of fixed cameras is to swell to 56 by the end of the year, increasing the workload involved in managing the network and processing infringements.

Police are now reviewing their ownership of the network.   Read more »

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Police told off for using Taser on scumbag

In a report released on Thursday, the Independent Police Conduct Authority says the probationary constable shot a man running from officers in the back and leg during a chase in Mt Eden in October 2015.

“Police policy is clear that a Taser can only be used on a person who is assaultive”, authority chair Sir David Carruthers said.

“As the man was running away at the time he was tasered, his behaviour had not met that threshold. The officer’s use of the Taser on the man clearly breached policy.”

The man had earlier led police on a pursuit in a stolen Porsche, before fleeing on foot when the car was stopped by spikes.

The authority said the officer believed the man was trying to get into a house and fired twice to stop him. It accepted the constable was inexperienced and worried about public safety.

The probes hit the man in the leg and back. However the man pulled them out with no obvious ill effects and continued running. Read more »

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Crusher Collins leaves her mark

According to the statistics, crime has slowly crept out of control over National’s stint at the nation’s steering wheel.  This is why John Key and Judith Collins worked hard to secure the new budget to put more police on the job.

English delayed the announcement so he and Paula Bennett can now look magnanimous.  But such is politics.

A $503 million package which includes increasing police staff and resources across the country will reduce crime and make our communities safer.

Police Minister Paula Bennett says the Safer Communities package announced today by the Prime Minister will provide an additional 1125 police staff over the next four years, including 880 sworn police officers.

“We are unashamedly targeting offenders to ensure they’re off our streets by providing additional resources for Police and greater investment in rehabilitation for prisoners,” Mrs Bennett says.

“The 880 extra frontline police officers will work in targeted areas where we know they’re needed. Five hundred will go out on the beat and into community policing. Those officers will strengthen the emergency response, and focus on youth offending, burglaries and community crime.

“Knowing there’s a nearby police presence at all times is something the community expects. We’re making a commitment that people in cities, the regions and rural areas will have officers they can call on 24/7,” Mrs Bennett says. “Our commitment is that 95 per cent of New Zealanders will be within 25 kilometres of patrolling police day and night.

“By focusing on specific areas we will deliver a more responsive police service, prevent crime and victimisation, resolve more crimes, and more effectively target criminal gangs and organised crime.”

Details of the package includes: Read more »

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Photo of the Day

After dropping out of college in Washington, Bundy travelled around the country working odd end jobs. He eventually settled down in Seattle for a while to attend the University of Washington and take a job at Seattle's Suicide Hotline crisis center. Bundy would later enroll in law school in 1974 and begin a career in politics before things started to go downhill. During this time, Bundy claimed to have made his first kill in 1971 while in Seattle.

After dropping out of college in Washington, Ted Bundy travelled around the country working odd end jobs. He eventually settled down in Seattle for a while to attend the University of Washington and take a job at Seattle’s Suicide Hotline crisis center. Bundy would later enroll in law school in 1974 and begin a career in politics before things started to go downhill. During this time, Bundy claimed to have made his first kill in 1971 while in Seattle.

Notorious Serial Killer

A serial killer is defined as someone who kills three or more people over a long period of time. They are usually male and possess a “mask of sanity,” which means that on the surface, they appear to be normal law-abiding citizens with a pleasant demeanour. However, beneath their facade serial killers are sociopaths who lack the capability to empathize with the suffering of their victims.

Ted Bundy was a good-looking guy, and seemed very friendly and charismatic. However, behind his handsome face lurked the twisted mind of a serial killer, and between the years of 1974 and 1978 Bundy kidnapped and murdered 30 young women in the U.S. Those were just the women we know of; experts agree that he could have been responsible for up to forty disappearances and murders to which he didn’t confess.

To lure in his victims, Bundy would often pretend to be disabled or would pose as an authority figure. Other times, he would simply break into his victim’s homes and bludgeon them to death as they slept. After killing them, he would rape, torture, and dismember them, often keeping souvenirs (like their heads) in his apartments for months at a time.
After a thrilling police chase, Bundy was finally arrested and brought to justice in 1979 and was killed in the electric chair in January 1989, in Starke, Florida.

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Is Andrew going to cancel all undercover operations on his first day as Prime Minister?

It would seem that Andrew Little is going to cancel all undercover police operations on his first day as Prime Minister?

That will, of course, be in 10 years time, but it certainly seems that way from his latest pronouncement.

It would be frightening if police had used a parliamentary inquiry into euthanasia as the basis for setting up a “dodgy” breath testing checkpoint to identify euthanasia supporters, Labour leader Andrew Little says.

Questions are still being raised about what prompted police to set up the checkpoint near an Exit International meeting last month as part of their investigation into a suspected euthanasia death.

Act Party leader David Seymour opened Question Time in parliament on Tuesday with the issue, asking Police Minister Judith Collins if the public were right to be concerned about police using roadside breath testing to collect personal information for unrelated investigations.

“Does the minister believe it is a good use of police officers to interrogate law-abiding people at a peaceful meeting of an advocacy group, given an 18 per cent increase in burglaries reported this week?” he asked.

Ms Collins said she couldn’t comment because the matter was being investigated by the Independent Police Conduct Authority.

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Key moves to mitigate Winston’s inroads into law and order

Law and Order issues are normally the purview of National. But last week Winston Peters made a big play towards addressing those issues in his speech to the Police Association.

Winston Peters promised tougher sentencing for violent offences and 1800 more Police.

John Key has seen the risk and has moved quickly to attempt to mitigate.

Prime Minister John Key says he understands concerns about law and order – saying as a parent he worries about his daughter getting hassled or even raped.

This morning, he told Newstalk ZB’s Mike Hosking that there was “no question” that more frontline officers helped, but that was only one factor and the overall structure of policing needed to be considered.

“You really need is to take a bit more of a sophisticated approach and say, ok, let’s just accept there are more resources…let’s talk about how do we deliver what New Zealanders really want, which is not just a number…that a politician barks out at you.  Read more »

Police “chased” a man for 730km. Pardon me, but I think we need to harden up

How on earth did this guy make it 730km before being apprehended?

A 20-year-old man appeared in Dunedin District Court this morning charged with driving offences following a police pursuit from Nelson to Waikouaiti yesterday.

Michael George Massie, of Richmond, was arrested in Waikaouaiti yesterday afternoon following a series of police chases covering 730km, and during which a Subaru station wagon was reported to have reached speeds of more than 150km near Palmerston.

Massie was today charged with driving while disqualified, dangerous driving and failing to stop for police. He was remanded in custody, to reappear in the Dunedin District Court on October 18.

The chase began yesterday when Massie failed to stop for police at 1am near Nelson, and later he again failed to stop for police, driving away at high speed at Christchurch.

“A traffic unit attempted to stop the speeding vehicle in Palmerston this afternoon but it fled in a southern direction down State Highway 1,” a police statement said.   Read more »

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As predicted, Winston gazumps Little’s Police committment

Andrew Little’s good headlines lasted just one day as Winston Peters gazumps his promise on Police numbers:

Labour has pledged an extra 1000 police if it wins the next election but NZ First’s Winston Peters has trumped that with a promise of 1800.

Mr Peters will disclose details when he speaks at the Police Association’s annual conference later on Friday morning.

Ahead of his speech, he’s told reporters “our policy is 1800, as soon as possible”   Read more »

Little gets one right, shame he will be gazumped

Andrew Little got one right yesterday.

For a party that is pro-union, pro-corrections and pro-criminal the announcement that they would fund 1000 extra Police was somewhat surprising.

Labour has pledged to put 1000 extra police officers on the beat in its first term to reverse a “surge” in crime, in new policy unveiled by leader Andrew Little today.

The Police Association says the ball is now in the Government’s court.

“It is a hell of a good start…we will certainly be interested to see how [the Government] respond,” new Police Association president Chris Cahill said.

In a speech to the association’s annual conference, Little said the policy would increase the total number of police officers to 10,000.   Read more »

Cake has become a political football in America

What is it with cakes in America? In four cases now they have been used for political purposes. In the first case, Christian owners of a bakery refused to make a cake for their regular lesbian customers because it was for a gay wedding. In the next case, Steven Crowder who was upset that the Media were pushing the narrative that only Christians were discriminating against Gays, proved that none of the Muslim-owned bakeries in Dearborn would agree to bake a gay wedding cake either.

Now Walmart has refused to make a cake for a Police Officer’s retirement party saying that the blue line was racist even though last year they happily baked an ISIS flag cake for a customer after first refusing his request for a Confederate flag.

Chuck Netzhammer initially requested a cake decorated with a Confederate battle flag and the words “heritage not hate”, but the store refused.

Mr Netzhammer then placed an order for a cake topped with the banner of the militant group.

-bbc.com

The customer’s first order – a Confederate battle flag cake – was rejected

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