"Use of force and Police dogs" chapter of the Police manual

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From: Mark Hanna

Tēnā koutou,

I am interested in what standards NZ Police has in place regarding use of force and Police dogs, including how this use of force is recorded. I have found that, in 2012, a list of the chapters of the Police manual were released under the OIA and this included a chapter on “Police Dogs - Use of force and Police dogs”.

I don’t know if this information is still accurate, or if the content of the Police manual may have changed in recent years, but I would like to request the following:

1. The chapter of the Police manual entitled “Police Dogs - Use of force and Police dogs” or, if no such chapter exists, the chapter(s) that have superseded this chapter.
2. Any other documents regarding the use of force and Police dogs, including any guidance documents regarding when and how the use of Police dogs should or should not be recorded in the TOR database.

I understand that part 2 of my request would include general guidance regarding when information should or should not be recorded in the TOR database, where that general guidance can be applied to the use of Police dogs.

I am only interested in guideline documents generally available to those Police staff who are involved in the use of Police dogs, not less widely available information such as communications within Police regarding specific questions about recording this information.

If the time taken to find and prepare the information for part 2 of my request is likely to delay the response to part 1, I would appreciate it if you would reply to part 1 first.

Please also explain any relevant caveats that should be kept in mind when analysing this information.

Please provide this information in an accessible, searchable format.

If any part of my request is unclear, please don't hesitate to contact me.

If any of the information that I have requested is unavailable or would be difficult to retrieve, but similar information might be readily available, I would be happy to discuss altering or refining my request.

Ngā mihi,
Mark Hanna

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From: Mark Hanna

Tēnā koe,

Today, 2019-07-11, is 19 working days since my request for official information was received on 2019-06-14, and I have not yet been informed of a decision on this request. I would appreciate it if you would ensure that your decision is sent as soon as reasonably practicable, and in any case no later than tomorrow, as required under section 15 of the Official Information Act.

Ngā mihi,
Mark Hanna

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From: MAUNDER, Renee
New Zealand Police

Hi

 

I am out of the office until the afternoon of 11 July. You can contact
Ministerial Services at [email address]

 

Regards

 

Renee

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From: MAUNDER, Renee
New Zealand Police

Good afternoon

Unfortunately, it appears that although this request reached NZ Police on 164 June, it was not correctly assigned and how only this week been sent to the team who hold that information. I do not have a timeframe for response from them, but it will not be today.

Ngā mihi

Renée

Renée Maunder
Senior Advisor
Ministerial Services
 
P +64 4 470 7119
DDI 44419
E [email address]
 

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From: MILLANTA-LOWREY, Marinna
New Zealand Police

Good afternoon Mr Hanna

 

Do you have a phone number we could contact you on in respect to your OIA
request re use of force and Police dogs.

 

Thank you.

 

Marinna Millanta-Lowrey (MML)

P   +64 4 238 3126 x 43126
M   +64 27 6274662 or +64 4 9794099  

E   [1][email address]

 

 

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From: Mark Hanna

Tēnā koe,

Sorry for my delayed reply to your last email. I prefer not to speak over the phone, but if there are any parts of my request that need clarifying please let me know via email and I'd be happy to help.

Ngā mihi,
Mark Hanna

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From: Mark Hanna

Tēnā koe,

As you know, NZ Police was legally obligated to send a response to this request no later than a week ago (2019-07-12). I would appreciate it if you could please send through the response as soon as possible, preferably today.

Ngā mihi,
Mark Hanna

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