NRT: Docs or its bullshit

Written By: - Date published: 9:48 pm, July 18th, 2014 - 5 comments
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Over the weekend we learned that police had been juking the stats, recoding burglaries as “incidents” to make themselves and their Minister look good. But its all fine now, supposedly – the police claim they’ve instituted a series of spot audits to ensure it can never happen again.

Except when they’re asked for information about these supposed safeguards and whether they’ve uncovered any problems, they suddenly can’t find anything

A refusal by the police to release any details of their response to wrongly coded burglaries in South Auckland is being called a “snow-job”.

A police investigation found that about 500 burglaries were wrongly reclassified as other offences or incidents between 2009 and 2012 in Counties Manukau.

Police and the acting Police Minister Judith Collins have said it was an isolated incident, and spot audits nationwide have been put in place to ensure the integrity of crime statistics.

There was no information to suggest it had happened elsewhere, police said.

But police have refused to reveal any details of the spot audits, and District Commander Superintendent John Tims could not answer when they started, or whether they had uncovered any irregularities.

Apparently its all very complex and would take too long to collate. Which sounds like poor excuses. At the least, you’d expect them to be able to point to the order for spot checks to be implemented, even if they don’t have the results yet. The only reason they wouldn’t be able to do that is if there is no policy and they’re making it up to make themselves look good (sorry, “preserve public confidence in the police”, because clumsy lies totally do that).

The police have totally forfeited our trust. If they want us to believe them, on this or any other issue, they need to front up with proof. Documents, or its bullshit!

5 comments on “NRT: Docs or its bullshit”

  1. adam 1

    It’s the NZ police, you seemed shocked and surprised… Growing up I was warned by our local beat cop, don’t trust the cops who work in central, as he was not sure who the real criminals were in that place – this was the 1980’s and from all accounts – they have got worse.

    Our police, in their little forts and wearing their armour. Whose side are they really on?

  2. McFlock 2

    if it happened, yeah, there’d be a paper trail: orders, reports from the officers tasked with spot checks, summaries of discrepencies (there will always be cases that can go one way or the other, the question is “how many”).

    Sounds like someone thought up a good line for the media release and didn’t expect reporters to verify. Although all the media reports seemed a bit vague on who exactly followed up on it…

  3. NZJester 3

    I think it could be going on in Hastings if my sisters case is anything to go by.
    My sister here in a rural area just outside of Hastings had a women try to take her cars and sell them while she was out. The women claimed she had the right to take them as my sisters daughters boyfriend who was staying in a sleep-out on the property at the time owed her money. Apparently she had seen him in town and followed him to the property at an earlier time to find out where he lived.
    My young niece who was the only one home at the time when they arrived was scared and called my parents when she saw them drive in and remove a locked gate to the back paddock off its hinges. The back paddock area was where the two cars where parked. My parents blocked the driveway when they arrived to prevent them leaving with the vehicles on a truck. The Police officer who attended after talking to both the woman and my parents eventually just let the women go and was not going to charge her with any crime. My sister was getting the run around from the police in trying to get them to charge the woman.
    How can someone be caught attempting to take two cars that do not belong to them and not be arrested or charged for it?

  4. tricledrown 4

    Police are becoming lazy these days more interested in cruzing around in their cars than the hard work of preventing crime and prosecuting criminals.
    A recent burglary that happened to friends the police followed the leads given by a witness which lead to the property being recovered but no one charged even though the burglars were in possession of the stolen items.
    to much paperwork!

  5. KJS0ne 5

    Something straight out of The Wire. And they say there’s no corruption in NZ governance…

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