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Friday, April 22, 2005

Cops watch soft nudies

I don't have a firm view of the Police porn problem as we know little about the type or nature of material supposedly viewed by the 300 cops. I can say one thing though - many business and university email systems are used to distribute dodgy photos and other digital media. This is not illegal, but technically breaches the terms-of-use most organisations implement for their computer networks, and presumedly breaches other NZ Police regulations. Maybe Gooner could comment on that. But viewing such material is not criminal activity, and I would not expect anyone to be prosecuted for distributing mild content to their fellow workers. Whomever is pushing this probe better have some damn good evidence unless they wish to be seen as a bunch of prudish fools on a witch hunt.

From a recent NZPA article, one Waikato police officer says:
"I got a letter (telling him he was one of those accused) and I can tell you right now that I don't get any more than Rachel Hunter's boobies (via email).

"I'm not a devo (deviant) trading in hardcore porn, but that's the label that's been applied. Go down to your local mechanic's shop on any given day and you'll see far worse."
Another officer:
"I'm embarrassed by the current police commissioner's lack of resolve and support for frontline staff. I would actively discourage my children from joining the police as a career in this current environment."
Police morale must already be low because of staffing levels and various other problems, this sort of an issue will make it hit rock-bottom.

DPF has posted on the drop in public confidence in the Police.

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 4/22/2005 10:21:00 pm


Blogger Lucyna said...

You've got to wonder at this - Police discredited, Army discredited (over Berryman report)... is civil defence next?

4/22/2005 11:22:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

CD has been beefed up in terms of regulations (typical), I think the Government forced the Regional Councils to fund various improvements. But the military has sweet f-all ability to help out, and the Government still hasn't figured out that a volcanic disaster in the North Island is possibly as likely as a major quake in Wellington, Marlborough, Kaikoura or along the Alpine Fault.

4/22/2005 11:33:00 pm  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

Put me down for the "lets embarass the police to take heat of the government" camp.

This is most likely a storm in a teacup. Viewed from the close-up lens of the Dom Post yesterday, one missed the edge of the cup and mistook the sinking sugar cube for a massive iceberg.

4/23/2005 10:26:00 am  

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