OIA Authorisation and Training of the National Manager Response and Operations

Andrew Ecclestone 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: Andrew Ecclestone

Dear New Zealand Police,

I am writing to make an OIA request about something I noticed in your response to this OIA request: https://fyi.org.nz/request/10536-use-of-...

On the page that is numbered '8 of 24' (but which is page 5 of this PDF https://fyi.org.nz/request/10536/respons... ) it states:

"Data and information requests on Police use of force
All internal and external requests for data or information on Police use of force, e.g., Tactical Options Reporting (TOR) data, TOR forms, use of force policies, TASERcam footage, TASER medical reports, must be referred to the National Manager: Response and Operations upon receipt, for reply. This includes requests made under the Official Information Act 1982, and Privacy Act 1993.
Data or information on Police use of force must not be externally released without the permission of the National Manager: Response and Operations."

Please could you provide me with the following information:

(1) A copy of the document, email, or other form of information in which the Commissioner authorises the National Manager: Response and Operations to make these decisions under the OIA;

(2) Details of all training on the OIA and Privacy Act that the National Manager: Response and Operations has participated in;

(3) A copy of all the training materials used in the training on the OIA and Privacy Act that the National Manager: Response and Operations has participated in;

(4) Information on who else within the Police the National Manager: Response and Operations may contact if seeking advice on how to respond to an OIA or Privacy Act request; and

(5) The number of (a) OIA and (b) Privacy Act requests the National Manager: Response and Operations has signed out in each of the last 3 years (whether calendar or financial years).

Pursuant to section 16 of the OIA, my preferred method of receiving this information is as electronic attachments to an email sent to the address from which the Police received this request. Also pursuant to section 16 of the OIA I request that the attachments are searchable, not image-only (rasterised) PDF documents, and that they are not watermarked with ‘Released under the OIA’ or similar text, as the law does not require the Police to do this.

Under section 19(a)(ii), if the Police decides to withhold any of the requested information I have requested, I further request that it provides me with the grounds in support of any reasons for withholding that it has asserted. I also ask that it list each of the public interest factors favouring disclosure that it has considered when making its decision.

I look forward to hearing from the Police shortly.

Yours faithfully,

Andrew Ecclestone

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New Zealand Police

Dear Andrew

Iacknowledge receipt of your Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) request
for the below information.
Your request is being actioned pursuant to the OIA.

Kind regards

Ministerial Services
Police National Headquarters 

-----Andrew Ecclestone <[FOI #11064 email]>
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To: OIA/LGOIMA requests at New Zealand Police
<[New Zealand Police request email]>
From: Andrew Ecclestone <[FOI #11064 email]>
Date: 27/08/2019 06:21PM
Subject: Official Information request - OIA Authorisation and Training of
the National Manager Response and Operations

Dear New Zealand Police,
I am writing to make an OIA request about something I noticed in your
response to this OIA request:
[1]https://fyi.org.nz/request/10536-use-of-...
On the page that is numbered '8 of 24' (but which is page 5 of this PDF
[2]https://fyi.org.nz/request/10536/respons...
) it states:
"Data and information requests on Police use of force
All internal and external requests for data or information on Police use
of force, e.g., Tactical Options Reporting (TOR) data, TOR forms, use of
force policies, TASERcam footage, TASER medical reports, must be referred
to the National Manager: Response and Operations upon receipt, for reply.
This includes requests made under the Official Information Act 1982, and
Privacy Act 1993.
Data or information on Police use of force must not be externally released
without the permission of the National Manager: Response and Operations."
Please could you provide me with the following information:
(1) A copy of the document, email, or other form of information in which
the Commissioner authorises the National Manager: Response and Operations
to make these decisions under the OIA;
(2) Details of all training on the OIA and Privacy Act that the National
Manager: Response and Operations has participated in;
(3) A copy of all the training materials used in the training on the OIA
and Privacy Act that the National Manager: Response and Operations has
participated in;
(4) Information on who else within the Police the National Manager:
Response and Operations may contact if seeking advice on how to respond to
an OIA or Privacy Act request; and
(5) The number of (a) OIA and (b) Privacy Act requests the National
Manager: Response and Operations has signed out in each of the last 3
years (whether calendar or financial years).
Pursuant to section 16 of the OIA, my preferred method of receiving this
information is as electronic attachments to an email sent to the address
from which the Police received this request. Also pursuant to section 16
of the OIA I request that the attachments are searchable, not image-only
(rasterised) PDF documents, and that they are not watermarked with
‘Released under the OIA’ or similar text, as the law does not require the
Police to do this.
Under section 19(a)(ii), if the Police decides to withhold any of the
requested information I have requested, I further request that it provides
me with the grounds in support of any reasons for withholding that it has
asserted. I also ask that it list each of the public interest factors
favouring disclosure that it has considered when making its decision.
I look forward to hearing from the Police shortly.
Yours faithfully,
Andrew Ecclestone
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Mark Hanna left an annotation ()

26 working days unlawfully overdue and counting... Police really don't seem to be taking this request very seriously, do they?

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Mark Hanna left an annotation ()

This request is 41 working days overdue now. Just a few more and you'll have beat my record of Police not replying to a request until it was 43 working days overdue!

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