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Thursday, April 07, 2005

Goodbye George

While I was focussed on Tamihere yesterday, Hawkins was caught misleading Parliament again. It can't be long before Hawkin's becomes too much of a liability leading up to the election.

PQ7 of 6th April 2005:
7. RON MARK (NZ First) to the Minister of Police: Are detectives being reassigned from investigative duties to undertake traffic policing; if so, why?

Hon GEORGE HAWKINS (Minister of Police): I am advised that detectives are not reassigned from their primary duties. They are police officers, and they will deal with offences as they are detected, which may include traffic policing.

Ron Mark: Would it concern the Minister to know that senior members of the police force are becoming so fed up with the barrage of misinformation from his office that they are writing to me personally to alert me to the fact that investigators are being pulled off their normal duties to do traffic duties, like manning checkpoints, “at a time when a large amount of serious crime is not being investigated because there are not enough investigators to go around.”?

GPT at NZPundit has more commentary, and the news article from The Press is here.

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 4/07/2005 07:27:00 pm


Blogger Gooner said...

AL, I was a detective constable for 6 months, and we helped out at checkpoints. It was a case of all hands on deck. I thought I had moved on, but you gotta follow the boss!

4/07/2005 09:23:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

I would like to know more about what cops think about this. Do you have an email address? Your blogspot profile doesn't have one, and your blog looks like its been abandoned.

4/07/2005 09:33:00 pm  
Blogger Gooner said...

I don't have a blog AL. You have my email address cos you mailed me! I am no longer a cop, but this type of thing has been happening for years. I guess at about 2am on a Monday morning there is usually little else happening so picking up drunks is easy picking. What I objected to was being told to do it. I had been a cop for 5+ years, and had processed many drunk drivers, and had thought I had better things to do in the CIB, but alas no. Any spare time was far better spent on paperwork or cultivating informants etc. Yet, there is a lot of money given to Police for traffic, and if the numbers show that the hours weren't being put in, that money would go next year. That is the last thing Police want - less money. There were/are? some very weak and shortsighted bosses in the Police, more concerned about upsetting their chancesof promotion than their staff. That is/was a shame.

4/08/2005 08:20:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Yep, only found your email address after posting that comment.

4/08/2005 10:47:00 pm  

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