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Monday, June 20, 2005

Police News: Robinson not an advocate for the NZ Police

From Police News June 2005 (850kb PDF):
Having been a police officer for over 14 years now, and having assiduously read the Police News all that time and served on several district committees, including a short stint as chairman at Auckland, I am finally moved to write my first letter to the Editor about the state of policing in New Zealand, as I see it.

There never seems to be a day goes by this year where the Police are not taking a hammering in the media. Commissioner Robinson appears to be very quick to react to both public and government pressure for inquiries into the state of policing currently, and yet appears disturbingly tardy when it comes to publicly supporting the vast majority of his workforce, who are struggling to maintain an acceptable level of service to their communities.

Having served in South Auckland for over six years until 2003, I recently obtained a copy of a document calling for submissions into an alleged “sick culture” in South Auckland. The gist of my reply was to agree that there is a “sick culture pervading South Auckland. The culture arises solely from the inability and unwillingness by the OoC [AL: Office of the Commissioner] to publicly state that there is a very real staffing, recruitment and retention problem, not only in South Auckland but throughout New Zealand. I attended a meeting, while still stationed in South Auckland, where the Commissioner was addressed on the staffing crisis. He admitted that such a crisis existed and yet the crisis still exists today and, even more surprisingly, the Commissioner was recently seen on TV stating that no such crisis exists.

Given that we are currently in an election year and also given that the Government is sitting on record surpluses, now is the time for the Commissioner to be approaching the Government for a budget increase to pay for the extra staff needed to adequately service the needs of the public and to provide the level of service that is required. There appears to be no political will on behalf of the Board of Commissioners to do this and I, for one, am at a complete loss to understand why. By the very nature of their position they should be representing the best interests of their staff, not the wishes of the Government of the day.

Pete Syddall
Remind me again: does Commissioner Rob Robinson represent the New Zealand Police or the New Zealand Labour Party?

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 6/20/2005 06:22:00 pm


Blogger Whaleoil said...

The New Zealand Labour Party....of course.

6/20/2005 06:57:00 pm  
Blogger Gooner said...

I know Pete. He is a clued up guy, despite being a pom :) Good letter Pete.

6/20/2005 10:50:00 pm  
Blogger Gooner said...

AL - where did you get this letter? Can you send it to me?

6/21/2005 08:56:00 am  
Blogger Gooner said...

Oops, just seen the link :)

6/21/2005 08:57:00 am  

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