Tag Archives: New Zealand

Dunedin Police Officers Spat On, Blood Tests Needed

Two New Zealand Police officers are undergoing blood tests after being spat at by an offender.

The incident occurred after officers were called to a domestic incident at a Dunedin address on Sunday, a police spokesman said.

While arresting the offender both officers were spat on.

“In cases where an offender is known to have a medical condition, officers undergo a precautionary blood test,” he said.

Read more on Stuff.co.nz.

Source: www.stuff.co.nz

Strangling Prompts Call for Tasers for New Zealand Police

A police officer strangled to near unconsciousness could have defended himself if he had a Taser, police say.

The Police Association on Wednesday said it was unacceptable that lone police officers were still on patrol without weapons to properly defend themselves on their belts.

Association president Greg O’Connor said having weapons in police vehicles wasn’t practical in many situations.

“Violent incidents arise before officers can return to their vehicle to retrieve the Taser, so they need to be carrying them,” he said.

Read more in The West Australian/NZ Newswire.

Source: au.news.yahoo.com

Christchurch Detectives Make A Breakthrough In Stolen Underwear Case

New Zealand Police may have uncovered a lingerie thief in Christchurch after a search warrant turned up a large amount of women’s underwear matching the description of recently stolen items.

The warrant was excuted this morning as part of an ongoing investigation into reports of women’s lingerie and underwear being stolen from washing lines and inside homes at three properties in the eastern suburb of Burwood.

If you live in the Achilles St area and have had female lingerie/underwear stolen from your washing line or property and haven’t reported it, contact the Christchurch police on 03 363 7400.

Read more in NZ Herald.

Source: www.nzherald.co.nz

Ed: never forget, always report underwear theft.

New Zealand Border Protection Thin Blue Line Under Pressure

The popular television show Border Patrol has created an unrealistic expectation about the job of Customs officers, says the chief executive of the border protection agency.

Weekend Herald investigation can reveal morale in Customs has plummeted in recent years with nearly one-third of staff “disengaged” from their work, according to a leaked copy of the most recent employment survey.

More than 50 senior staff took voluntary redundancy in a sweeping restructure and the number of permanent operational staff has fallen from 935 to 810, while a further 138 job vacancies remain unfilled.

Insiders at Customs say having fewer frontline staff has increased the pressure on the “thin blue line” at the Auckland International Airport and led to more resignations.

Read more in NZ Herald.

Source: www.nzherald.co.nz

Concern About High Number of New Zealand Police Ambivalent About Their Jobs

The number of New Zealand Police feeling “meh” about their jobs is alarming, says an employment expert.

Published today, the findings of the NZ Police Workplace Survey 2015 showed nearly three quarters of the police force were either “disengaged” or “ambivalent” towards their job.

However, Police Deputy Chief Executive of People Fiona Michel said the report showed police performed well against the state sector benchmark and work was underway to improve “how we value people’s contributions”.

The sixth annual survey showed 15.3 per cent of police employees were disengaged with their jobs and 58.3 per cent were ambivalent – up from 14.1 per cent disengaged in 2014 and on par with the 58.4 per cent who were ambivalent last year.

Pockets of high satisfaction in Auckland City and Counties Manukau were promising, as was the high levels amongst Maori and Pasifika employees, said employment specialist Tom O’Neil.

Mr O’Connor said satisfaction was higher in those areas because they had received more staffing than other regions.

The survey had a response rate of 69.1 per cent, or 8361 staff members, down from 73 per cent in 2014.

Read more in NZ Herald.

Source: www.nzherald.co.nz

New South Wales Police Officer Honoured For Role In Christchurch Earthquake Support

Police officers from Lake Macquarie Local Area Command who go above and beyond their duty were presented with awards on Thursday.

Detective Senior Constable Andrew Gibson was awarded a humanitarian overseas service medal for assisting New Zealand police in the aftermath of the 2011 Christchurch earthquake.

His was one of 25 awards presented to local police in the ceremony at Lake Macquarie council chambers.

Senior Constable Gibson was with a team that spent two weeks in New Zealand.

But by the end of week two he put his hand up to stay for an extra fortnight.

Read more in Lakes Mail.

Source: www.lakesmail.com.au

Bravery Awards for Auckland Men Who Stopped Vicious Attack

Others stood by while a young woman was being strangled and punched in her car, but five Auckland men took action to stop the attack, chase down the offender and restrain him until police arrived.

Barrie Olsen, Konrad Berking, Jason Sloan, Maina Papalii and Robert Lew today received bravery awards for their actions during a special ceremony at Henderson Police Station.

Today, Waitakere Police Area Commander Inspector Scott Webb praised the mens’ actions.

Read the full story in NZ Herald.

Source: www.nzherald.co.nz

Changes Across New Zealand To Victim Notification After Killer’s Release

A number of changes are being developed and implemented across the country to the way victims of mental health patients are notified of their release back into the community.

The changes came after the Herald revealed last month that Martin Robert Lyall, deemed unfit to stand trial and remanded to a forensic psychiatric unit after he killed Kevan Newman and attempted to murder Bob Norcross in Henderson in 2005, had been released.

Mr Norcross nor Mr Newman’s family were notified. Mr Norcross learned of Lyall’s release when he saw him at his local supermarket.

A police officer that worked on the 2005 homicide case found out in similar circumstances and alerted the Newman family.

As a result of the Herald’s revelations, the Government stepped in and made immediate changes to victim notification processes. Associate Health Minister Sam Lotu-Iiga asked the Ministry of Health’s director and chief adviser of mental health, Dr John Crawshaw, to “review procedures as a matter of urgency”.

Read more in NZ Herald.

Source: www.nzherald.co.nz

New Zealand Prison Guards To Wear Body Cameras And Armour

New wearable cameras and stab-resistant body armour will be introduced for prison guards, the Corrections Minister announced today.

Prison authorities hoped the cameras would reduce “disruptive incidents” and said the devices had been successfully trialled in two jails.

A total of 1000 cameras will be introduced, starting in Arohata Prison, a womens’ facility near Wellington.

Corrections officers switched on the cameras when potentially disruptive incidents developed. Prisoners were advised they were being filmed.

Cameras will be mounted on the body armour.

“Their use, along with the new lightweight stab-resistant body armour, means our staff and prisoners are safer,” Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga said.

Read more in NZ Herald.

Source: www.nzherald.co.nz

Auckland Police ‘Dismayed’ At Age of Criminals

Police say they are dismayed at the ages of people committing crimes after three teenage girls were arrested following a crime spree in Grafton.

Three teenaged girls wearing Auckland Hospital pyjama pants were arrested shortly after they boarded a southbound train in Grafton last evening. Police received two reports of aggravated robberies in close proximity – Khyber Pass Rd and Carlton Gore Rd – at about 7pm.

Inspector Jill Rogers says during the first incident a 17-year-old woman was allegedly assaulted and had her mobile ‘phone and wallet stolen: “A short time later a 29 year-old woman who was jogging along Carlton Gore Rd was confronted by three young women who pulled her to the ground, assaulted her and made off with her head phones.”

Read more in The Aucklander.

Source: www.nzherald.co.nz