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Harmful Digital Communications Act - Police Manual chapters, Policies or Guidelines for prosecutions under this act

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From: Alice Haden

Dear New Zealand Police,
Could you please provide me under the Official Information Act with the following material in electronic form to the email address in this communication:

Police Manual chapters or any other policies or guidelines for prosecutions and investigations under the following categories:

(1) Harmful Digital Communications Act Offences under section 22

(2) Harassment Act

(3) "Threats/Intimidation" police complaint category - presumably including Summary Offences such as disorderly conduct and threats/intimidation

These should be provided as email attachments in a searchable format (i.e. original PDFs, rather than scanned prints).

If any clarification or assistance is required, please do not hesitate to contact me.

I am a New Zealand citizen residing in New Zealand.

Please communicate only via email to this email address unless I advise otherwise.

Yours faithfully,
Alice Karvelas

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New Zealand Police

Dear Ms Karvelas
 
I acknowledge receipt of your Official Information Act (OIA) request
below, received by NZ Police on 6 May 2020.

As you are aware, Police are needing to redeploy staff in the face of
unprecedented circumstances as we respond to Covid-19. This will have a
severe impact on our ability to respond to requests for information under
the OIA in a timely fashion. We will do our best to respond to you as soon
as we can. 

Thank you for your understanding.

Kind regards
Ministerial Services
PNHQ

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From: "Alice Haden" <[FOI #12792 email]>
Date: 06/05/2020 06:50PM
Subject: Official Information request - Harmful Digital Communications Act
- Police Manual chapters, Policies or Guidelines for prosecutions under
this act

Dear New Zealand Police,
Could you please provide me under the Official Information Act with the
following material in electronic form to the email address in this
communication:
Police Manual chapters or any other policies or guidelines for
prosecutions and investigations under the following categories:
(1) Harmful Digital Communications Act  Offences under section 22
(2) Harassment Act
(3)  "Threats/Intimidation"  police complaint category  - presumably
including Summary Offences such as disorderly conduct and
threats/intimidation
These should be provided as email attachments in a searchable format (i.e.
original PDFs, rather than scanned prints).
If any clarification or assistance is required, please do not hesitate to
contact me.
I am a New Zealand citizen residing in New Zealand.
Please communicate only via email to this email address unless I advise
otherwise.
Yours faithfully,
Alice Karvelas
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Attachment Karvelas Alice IR 01 20 12388 release docs.pdf
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Tena koe Alice
 
 
Please see attached the reply to your OIA received 06/05/2020.  Please
accept our apologies for the delay.
 
Kind regards
 
Rikki
 
Ministerial services
PNHQ

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Mark Hanna left an annotation ()

It's incredibly disappointing that NZ Police have ignored your clear request that the information you asked for should be released in a searchable format. I see that they also have not provided a good reason for their failure to do this, which is a legal required under section 16(3)(a) of the OIA.

As far as I can tell, no information has been withheld in the documents they have released. I do not expect Police have a good reason for failing to provide this information in an accessible format.

Of course, that's all on top of their unacceptable and unlawful delay of 8 working days in responding to your request.

I recommend you lay a complaint with the Office of the Ombudsman, though you may be able to more quickly get the information in the format you had requested it by raising the issue directly with NZ Police.

When I have written to the Minister for Disability Issues in the past regarding issues such as this, she told me:

"Providing OIA responses in accessible formats should be standard practice as part of an open and transparent government."

Please feel free to quote this to NZ Police or in a complaint to the Ombudsman. The source for the quote can be found here: https://honestuniverse.com/2018/01/31/oi...

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