Cash-strapped police can't act - union
Fri, 19 Oct 2012 7:00a.m.
Police don't have the money or the manpower to make culture changes recommended by an inquiry that was sparked by allegations of police rape, says the head of the police officers' union.
Five years after a commission of inquiry into police conduct concluded, a progress report says police action on improving adult sexual assault investigation is "relatively poor" despite the time police have had to act.
In 2007, the commission of inquiry recommended a raft of changes, including how police dealt with sexual assault complaints.
It followed Louise Nicholas's rape accusations against Bay of Plenty police officers in the 1980s. Two officers were jailed for raping another woman there in 1989.
Acting police commissioner Viv Rickard said police had made huge progress in some areas, but admitted there was still a lot of work to be done before 2017, when monitoring stops.
The pace of change in dealing with adult sexual assault had accelerated considerably in 2012, he said.
"While we accept that some things should be progressed more quickly, the scale of change needs to be seen against the wider environment we are operating in."
Police Association president Greg O'Connor said the report had become "something of a ritual humiliation for police".
Police were being stretched and were not being given a budget to make the recommended changes, he told Radio New Zealand.
"Government are demanding a 14 per cent decrease in crime, they're demanding an 18 per cent decrease in prosecutions, they're demanding savings from the budget of $400 million over the next four years.
"Something's got to give."
Meanwhile, Mr Rickard said more and more staff were being trained in dealing with sexual assault complaints. Police were also trying hard to increase the number of female recruits and to help them develop successful police careers.
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20/10/2012 5:30:54 p.m.
Let them shoot on sight more. This would save money in the courts, prisons and on parole hearings.
20/10/2012 5:45:07 a.m.
So while spending more and more on eletronic survielance gear , helicopters, military grade weapons, ect.....they cant afford to stop their own members from breaking the law?
What a load of Bovine waste, and Greg O'Connor, should be removed from his position for suggesting that this was the case.
19/10/2012 4:38:01 p.m.
Too many cops are just bullies in uniform. They need to remember that the public want to have confidence in them, not be scared stiff.
19/10/2012 2:06:41 p.m.
Funding has got nothing to do with it, it is just an excuse. NZ police have an agenda and an 'oath to serve the public' is not one of their priorities. Police are hell bent on finding opportunities to fine and issue tickets, have become a danger to the public by speeding around communities in their cars, protect their own ranks more than they protect the public as it is difficult to prosecute police even though they commit crime. They are dangerously smug and there seems to be a shaven head trend amongst many of them. Heard it is common during a call-out to poor areas, for police to make rude assumptions that ask people they are interviewing "what benefit are you on". Cops need to pull their heads in to allow more people to respect them.
19/10/2012 12:57:00 p.m.
tin man wrote:
Greg - Manners don't cost anything. Neither does common decency. Why have these not been issued out to officers to use
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