Information regarding Police staff involved in traffic incidents

Hugh Davenport made this Official Information request to New Zealand Police

Response to this request is long overdue. By law New Zealand Police should have responded by now (details and exceptions). You can complain to the Ombudsman.

From: Hugh Davenport

Dear New Zealand Police,

I would like to know the following information for the year 2018:
1) The number of Police staff involved in a traffic incident (for the purpose of this, I don't mean traffic stops, I mean the Police staff was driving a vehicle and had some incident with another vehicle or property that was reported).
2) The number of those that were sworn staff
3) The number of reports that were made by a member of the public
4) The number of reports that were made internally
5) The number of reports that involved a collision with a vehicle
6) The number of reports that involved an injury
7) The number of reports that involved a close call with a vehicle
8) For each of the reports from 5,6 and 7, a brief description of what happened, whether the staff was sworn or not, and what outcome was for the staff member involved if any.

I am hoping that this won't be substantial to look up, as I would hope that the numbers are quite low. However, if this request is likely to be substantial, please contact me and I can reduce the scope.

Yours faithfully,

Hugh Davenport

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From: WRIGHT-MCCARTHY, Hannah
New Zealand Police

Dear Hugh

I refer to your request of 12 June 2019 as below.

Your request is being actioned pursuant to the Official Information Act 1982.

Ngā mihi

Hannah Wright-McCarthy
Ministerial Services Advisor
Police National Headquarters

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New Zealand Police


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Good afternoon Hugh

 

Recently you sent through a request for information under the Official
Information Act. Your request number is 01-19-16397 and has been passed to
our team for a response. The request is as follows:

 

I would like to know the following information for the year 2018:

1) The number of Police staff involved in a traffic incident (for the
purpose of this, I don't mean traffic stops, I mean the Police staff was
driving a vehicle and had some incident with another vehicle or property
that was reported).

2) The number of those that were sworn staff

3) The number of reports that were made by a member of the public

4) The number of reports that were made internally

5) The number of reports that involved a collision with a vehicle

6) The number of reports that involved an injury

7) The number of reports that involved a close call with a vehicle

8) For each of the reports from 5,6 and 7, a brief description of what
happened, whether the staff was sworn or not, and what outcome was for the
staff member involved if any.

 

I need to ask for clarification on question 8, specifically the part “what
outcome was for the staff member involved if any”. Are you asking for a
description on what the incident was or the injury (if sustained)? Or are
you asking what enforcement action (if any) was taken against the driver
of the vehicle?

 

Once that item has been clarified, I will be able move forward with the
preparation of our response.

 

Regards

Matt Gibson

Grad Cert Bus Mgmt (Fleet Mgmt)

Fleet Specialist
Fleet Group

 

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From: Hugh Davenport

Dear GIBSON, Matthew,

I'm more interested in the latter about the enforcement, but if it isn't too much trouble I would also be interested in the injuries if any.

Yours sincerely,

Hugh Davenport

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Dear Hugh

 

Please find attached the NZ Police response to your Official Information
Act request.

 

Ngā mihi

 

Hannah Wright-McCarthy

Ministerial Services Advisor

Police National Headquarters

 

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Dear Hugh

 

Please find attached the revised response to your Official Information Act
request.

 

Ngā mihi

 

Hannah Wright-McCarthy

Ministerial Services Advisor

Police National Headquarters

 

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From: Hugh Davenport

Dear WRIGHT-MCCARTHY, Hannah,

Sorry for the late response. For number 6, "The number of reports that involved an injury", I was more interested in the number of reports that involved an injury to anyone, not just to Police staff. I note that your response just includes the number of injuries to Police staff. I would hope that any incidents recorded also note any injuries to the public, especially as the Police appear to be at fault in a number of these incidents.

Would you be able to provide an updated number on this? Please note that this was my original request, so I would ideally not have to wait another 2 months for your response.

Yours sincerely,

Hugh Davenport

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From: WRIGHT-MCCARTHY, Hannah
New Zealand Police

Dear Hugh

I refer to your request of 29 July 2019 as below relating to your request of 12 June 2019 which was sent to you on 15 July 2019.

Your request is being actioned pursuant to the Official Information Act 1982.

Ngā mihi

Hannah Wright-McCarthy
Ministerial Services Advisor
Police National Headquarters

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Dear Hugh

 

Please find attached the NZ Police response to your Official Information
Act request.

 

Ngā mihi

 

Ministerial Services

Police National Headquarters

 

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WARNING

The information contained in this email message is intended for the
addressee only and may contain privileged information. It may also be
subject to the provisions of section 50 of the Policing Act 2008, which
creates an offence to have unlawful possession of Police property. If you
are not the intended recipient of this message or have received this
message in error, you must not peruse, use, distribute or copy this
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From: Hugh Davenport

Dear WRIGHT-MCCARTHY, Hannah,

Thanks for that. Can I just clarify that means that the NZ Police do not store information about injuries to public sustained by crashes caused by Police staff? I note that under the road code that all crashes involving injuries must be reported to the Police within 24 hours, but it appears that the Police do not record this? (https://www.nzta.govt.nz/resources/roadc...).

I would imagine that this is wrong, and the Police do record this, and the Police are illegally withholding the information requested under the OIA. So, could you please double check whether the Police store this information or confirm that you are implying that the Police are not following the road code correctly.

Yours sincerely,

Hugh Davenport

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From: Hugh Davenport

Dear WRIGHT-MCCARTHY, Hannah,

Just confirming that you are implying that the Police are not recording information about crashing sustaining injuries to the public, as required by the Road Code.

If this is incorrect, can you please provide me with the information I requested, otherwise I will be taking this higher as it is a gross negligence by the Police to not obey the Road Code.

Yours sincerely,

Hugh Davenport

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From: Hugh Davenport

Dear WRIGHT-MCCARTHY, Hannah,

Would I please be able to get a response to this:

Just confirming that you are implying that the Police are not recording information about crashing sustaining injuries to the public, as required by the Road Code.

If this is incorrect, can you please provide me with the information I requested, otherwise I will be taking this higher as it is a gross negligence by the Police to not obey the Road Code.

Yours sincerely,

Hugh Davenport

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