Request of Police policies, procedures and protocols related to investigation of deaths in inpatient Psychiatric facilities

Mr Wild made this Official Information request to New Zealand Police

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From: Mr Wild

Dear New Zealand Police,

I write to you in my role as the Advocate of the late Samuel Jacob Fischer who was a patient of Te Whare o Matairangi (TWoM) psychiatric inpatient facility between January 31st 2015 to the time of his discharge to the Wellington Hosptial's Intensive Care Unit where he died on the 20th April 2015.

I request the following information under the provisions of the Official Information Act 1982:

All New Zealand Police National and/or Wellington District policies, procedures and protocols specifically related to the investigation of deaths in New Zealand inpatient psychiatric institutions.

Including but not limited to:
1) Collection of evidence at the scene of death.
2) Photographic evidence of the scene of death
3) Protection of evidence at, or related to the scene of death.
4) Collection of statements relevant to the death, including statements that police require of staff, patients, family, professionals and any other person that has information deemed as relevant to the police investigation.
5) Police means of access to, and protection of evidence relevant to the death, including but not limited to:
a) all personal health records of the deceased, including both paper and electronic health records.
b) Staff and patient Swipe Card records.
c) Personal affects of the deceased.
d) Cell phone records of the deceased.
6) Moving of the deceased
7) Presentation of the evidence to coronial inquiries
8) Release of evidence to interested parties during coronial inquiries

Please provide this information via email or via a USB media stick for collection from Wellington Police Station.

I understand that a decision on a request for information under the Offical Informations Act 1982 should be made within 20 working days of receiving that request.

Yours faithfully,

Mr Jak Wild
Advocate of the deceased
Samuel Jacob Fischer

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New Zealand Police

Dear Mr Wild,

 

I acknowledge receipt of your Official Information Act request below.  The
request is being actioned pursuant to the Act.

 

Kind regards,

Ministerial Services

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From: Mr Wild <[FYI request #11077 email]>
Date: 29/08/2019 10:50AM
Subject: Official Information request - Request of Police policies,
procedures and protocols related to investigation of deaths in inpatient
Psychiatric facilities

Dear New Zealand Police,
I write to you in my role as the Advocate of the late Samuel Jacob Fischer
who was a patient of Te Whare o Matairangi (TWoM) psychiatric inpatient
facility between January 31st 2015 to the time of his discharge to the
Wellington Hosptial's Intensive Care Unit where he died on the 20th April
2015.
I request the following information under the provisions of the Official
Information Act 1982:
All New Zealand Police National and/or Wellington District policies,
procedures and protocols specifically related to the investigation of
deaths in New Zealand inpatient psychiatric institutions.
Including but not limited to:
1) Collection of evidence at the scene of death.
2) Photographic evidence of the scene of death
3) Protection of evidence at, or related to the scene of death.
4) Collection of statements relevant to the death, including statements
that police require of staff, patients, family, professionals and any
other person that has information deemed as relevant to the police
investigation.
5)  Police means of access to, and protection of evidence relevant to the
death, including but not limited to:

a) all personal health records of the deceased, including both paper and
electronic health records.
b) Staff and patient Swipe Card records.
c) Personal affects of the deceased.
d) Cell phone records of the deceased.

6) Moving of the deceased
7) Presentation of the evidence to coronial inquiries
8) Release of evidence to interested parties during coronial inquiries
Please provide this information via email or via a USB media stick for
collection from Wellington Police Station.
I understand that a decision on a request for information under the
Offical Informations Act 1982 should be made within 20 working days of
receiving that request.
Yours faithfully,
Mr Jak Wild
Advocate of the deceased
Samuel Jacob Fischer
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New Zealand Police

Dear Mr Wild

 

I have been asked to let you know that Police requires anextension of time
in which to respond to your request for:

 

“I write to you in my roleas the Advocate of the late Samuel Jacob Fischer
who was a patient of Te Whare o Matairangi (TWoM) psychiatric inpatient
facility between January 31st 2015 to the time of his discharge to the
Wellington Hosptial's Intensive Care Unit where he died on the 20th April
2015. I request the following information under the provisions of the
Official Information Act 1982: All New Zealand Police National and/or
Wellington District policies, procedures and protocolsspecifically related
to the investigation of deaths in New Zealand inpatient psychiatric
institutions. Including but not limited to: 1) Collection of evidence at
the scene of death. 2) Photographic evidence of the scene of death 3)
Protection of evidence at, or related to the scene of death. 4) Collection
of statements relevant to the death, including statements that police
require of staff, patients, family, professionals and any other person
that has information deemed as relevant to the police investigation. 5)
Police means of access to, and protection of evidence relevant to the
death, including but not limited to: a) all personal health records of the
deceased, including both paper and electronic health records. b) Staff and
patient Swipe Card records. c) Personal affects of the deceased. d) Cell
phone records of the deceased. 6) Moving of the deceased 7) Presentation
of the evidence to coronial inquiries 8) Release of evidence to interested
parties during coronial inquiries.”

 

This extension is pursuant to section 15A(1) of the OfficialInformation
Act 1982, because the request necessitates a search through a large
quantity of information and consultations such that a proper response to
the request cannot reasonably be made within the original time limit.

                                                                                           

Police require until 07 November 2019 to provide asubstantive response to
your request. 

 

You have the right to ask the Office of theOmbudsman to review this
extension.

 

 

Kind  regards

Ministerial Services

Police National Headquarters

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