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From: Malcolm Lock

Dear New Zealand Police,

In the police associations submission to the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee 18 October 2019.

They state on page 4

"15. In the first six months of Operation Gun Safe2 1206 firearms were seized, recovered or surrendered; 32% of Gun Safe events resulted in arrest; a firearm was discharged by an offender in 10% of the events and 18% of the 179 firearms presented at members of the public or police were located; when firearms were presented at Police they were discharged 50% of the time; firearms presented at the public were discharged 33% of the time; 34% of the individuals involved had gang links; 11% had firearms licences."

I wish to seek clarity around the figures they relate too in the above statement, obviously they have obtained the figure from the NZ police to make such an accurate statement. If the police association have not obtained the figures from the NZ police then the figures must have been fabricated.

I specifically request the numbers of times firearms were presented at police, to accurately determine what the actual 50% relates too within the time frame referred to in the submission.

As no actual numbers were quoted for firearms presented at police it is not possible to determine the actual number of times a firearms was discharged. EG 50% of 2 is 1 however 50% of 30 is 15, I wish to have a better understanding of they actual numbers a firearms was discharged at the police.

" when firearms were presented at Police they were discharged 50% of the time"

I would also like clarity around the figures for "1206 firearms were seized, recovered or
surrendered"

Please supply this information in the categories of, seized, recovered and surrendered.
The way police association have combined the information is is ambiguous. For example, 1 firearm may have been seized, 2 firearms recovered, leaving 1203 firearms surrendered, or any combination of the 3 categories.

Also is it common practice to allow a non government organisation such as the NZ police association knowledge of police operations?

How did the NZ police association know of Operation Gun Safe2?
What other non government organisations know of Operation Gun Safe2?
How was the police association informed of Operation Gun Safe2?
Does a non government organisation having knowledge of police operations, either current or historical pose any security or legal issues?

Please supply all information regarding Operation Gun Safe2 that has been released to the NZ Police association.

The NZ Police Associations submission can be found via the following link

https://www.parliament.nz/resource/en-NZ...

Yours faithfully,

Malcolm Lock

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Kind regards,

Ministerial Services

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From: Malcolm Lock <[FOI #11538 email]>
Date: 28/10/2019 09:44AM
Subject: Official Information request - Firearms information

Dear New Zealand Police,
In the police associations submission to the Finance and Expenditure
Select Committee 18 October 2019.
They state on page 4
"15. In the first six months of Operation Gun Safe2 1206 firearms were
seized, recovered or surrendered; 32% of Gun Safe events resulted in
arrest; a firearm was discharged by an offender in 10% of the events and
18% of the 179 firearms presented at members of the public or police were
located; when firearms were presented at Police they were discharged 50%
of the time; firearms presented at the public were discharged 33% of the
time; 34% of the individuals involved had gang links; 11% had firearms
 licences."
I wish to seek clarity around the figures they relate too in the above
statement, obviously they have obtained the figure from the NZ police to
make such an accurate statement. If the police association have not
obtained the figures from the NZ police then the figures must have been
fabricated.
I specifically request the numbers of times firearms were presented at
police, to accurately determine what the actual 50% relates too within the
time frame referred to in the submission.
As no actual numbers were quoted for firearms presented at police it is
not possible to determine the actual number of times a firearms was
discharged. EG 50% of 2 is 1 however 50% of 30 is 15, I wish to have a
better understanding of they actual numbers a firearms was discharged at
the police.
" when firearms were presented at Police they were discharged 50% of the
time"
I would also like clarity around the figures for "1206 firearms were
seized, recovered or
surrendered"
Please supply this information in the categories of, seized, recovered and
surrendered.
The way police association have combined the information is is ambiguous.
For example, 1 firearm may have been  seized, 2 firearms recovered,
leaving 1203 firearms surrendered, or any combination of the 3 categories.
Also is it common practice to allow a non government organisation such as
the NZ police association knowledge of police operations?
How did the NZ police association know of Operation Gun Safe2?
What other non government organisations know of Operation Gun Safe2?
How was the police association informed of Operation Gun Safe2?
Does a non government organisation having knowledge of police operations,
either current or historical pose any security or legal issues?
Please supply all information regarding Operation Gun Safe2 that has been
released to the NZ Police association.
The NZ Police Associations submission can be found via the following link
[1]https://www.parliament.nz/resource/en-NZ...
Yours faithfully,
Malcolm Lock
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