Police response to Coroner's recommendations

Katherine Raue 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: Katherine Raue

Dear New Zealand Police,

I am a New Zealand citizen and I request all documentation and information, including policy documents, relating to whether the following coroners’ recommendations have been implemented under the Official Information Act 1982, and if so, to what extent they have been implemented:

- Gavin George Anderson, a courier driver, died at Lawrence on the morning of 15 May 2012 from fatal injuries sustained in a vehicle crash. File Ref: CSU-2012-DUN-000197 2012-NZ CorC 2. The coroner recommended that a copy of this finding be forwarded to the Police in order that the issues identified relating to driving hours (requiring courier drivers make logbooks) be re-appraised.

- Amanda Sharon Brunt died on 29 May 2011 near on Hakarimata Road, Ngaruwahia, as a result of injuries sustained in a high energy impact car crash. File Ref: CSU-2011-HAM-000244 2012-NZ CorC 127.
The coroner recommended that the police (specifically the National Road Policing Manager) maintain or increase their ongoing public awareness campaign and enforcement action with regards to dangers to drivers being distracted due to cell phone use while driving, and that the responsible government agency reduce the legal limit for the amount of alcohol in the blood of a driver to 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood in line with the majority of overseas
countries.

- Halatau Kianamanu Naitoko died on the North Western Motorway Grey Lynn, Auckland on the 23rd January 2009 as a result of a gunshot wound to the chest. Halatau Kianamanu Naitoko was accidentally shot by Police. File Ref: CSU-2009-AUK-000144 2011-NZCorC105. The coroner made the following recommendations to the Police: I. Police continue work on equipping their fleet of vehicles with automated AVL technology. II. Police should ensure that radio protocols are strictly enforced and in particular continue work to encourage its members to log on with the appropriate Communications Centre manually where an automated system has not been installed. Police should review the section on Aerial Surveillance contained in the Fleeing Driver Policy, in light of the circumstances of this case, to assess if further guidance is necessary to assist Pursuit
Controllers in the appropriate use of aerial surveillance. III.
Police should initiate steps to purchase and install video
surveillance capability for Eagle. Fitting of video equipment will enable Northern Communications Centre to watch events in real time and facilitate better incident management.
IV. That Police look at a means of identifying general police vehicles in operational use by the AOS. Such identification system should be visible to other
vehicles on the ground, and from the air.
V. Police should continue to develop AOS training modules, which endeavour to more closely resemble operational settings.
VI. When deploying on operations, AOS Commanders should acknowledge and take account of the relative experience of its squad members and where possible team squad members with little operational experience with a squad member with more operational experience.
VII. Police investigate the establishment of a Critical Response Vehicle as recommended by Neville Matthews.

Additionally I am interested in obtaining a copy of any documents detailing why these recommendations have not been complied with, received or responded to. Any other information you could give me would also be greatly appreciated. If I could obtain any documents
in electronic form, that would be preferred. Could you also please acknowledge receipt of this request? I can be contacted via this email address.

Yours faithfully,

Katherine Raue

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From: THOMSON, Raewyn
New Zealand Police


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Raewyn Thomson

Ministerial Services

Police National Headquarters

PO Box 3017

WELLINGTON

 

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From: Katherine Raue

Dear THOMSON, Raewyn,

The response you have provide is ridiculous - it is evasive and dishonest! We don't pay taxes for third rate law students to write rubbish like this! The response demonstrates bad faith and is not in the spirit of the Official Information Act - in fact is in blatant contempt of the Act! I certainly intend to make a formal complaint about it to the Ombudsmen, but as the response was probably intended to re-route the request (if not derail it by the delay, deny, defer tactic you've used) onto the Ombudsmen's year long waiting list - caused by dishonest and unlawful responses like yours.

Whether or not the IPCA's interest in the matter caused them to communicate with the Police over it is irrelevant to the request for copies of any and all documents and information regarding the recommendations and what has been done about implementing them!

I request all documentation and information, including policy documents, relating to whether the following coroners’ recommendations or any related recommendations or directions of any kind from the IPCA relating to these recommendations from the Coroner's have been implemented under the Official Information Act 1982, and if so, to what extent they have been implemented:

- Gavin George Anderson, a courier driver, died at Lawrence on the morning of 15 May 2012 from fatal injuries sustained in a vehicle crash. File Ref: CSU-2012-DUN-000197 2012-NZ CorC 2. The coroner
recommended that a copy of this finding be forwarded to the Police in order that the issues identified relating to driving hours (requiring courier drivers make logbooks) be re-appraised.

- Amanda Sharon Brunt died on 29 May 2011 near on Hakarimata Road, Ngaruwahia, as a result of injuries sustained in a high energy impact car crash. File Ref: CSU-2011-HAM-000244 2012-NZ CorC 127. The coroner recommended that the police (specifically the National
Road Policing Manager) maintain or increase their ongoing public awareness campaign and enforcement action with regards to dangers to drivers being distracted due to cell phone use while driving, and that the responsible government agency reduce the legal limit for the amount of alcohol in the blood of a driver to 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood in line with the majority of overseas countries.

- Halatau Kianamanu Naitoko died on the North Western Motorway Grey Lynn, Auckland on the 23rd January 2009 as a result of a gunshot wound to the chest. Halatau Kianamanu Naitoko was accidentally shot by Police. File Ref: CSU-2009-AUK-000144 2011-NZCorC105. The
coroner made the following recommendations to the Police: I. Police continue work on equipping their fleet of vehicles with automated AVL technology.
II. Police should ensure that radio protocols are strictly enforced and in particular continue work to encourage its members to log on with the appropriate Communications Centre manually where an automated system has not been installed. Police should review the section on Aerial Surveillance contained in the
Fleeing Driver Policy, in light of the circumstances of this case, to assess if further guidance is necessary to assist Pursuit Controllers in the appropriate use of aerial surveillance. III.
Police should initiate steps to purchase and install video surveillance capability for Eagle. Fitting of video equipment will enable Northern Communications Centre to watch events in real time and facilitate better incident management.
IV. That Police look at a means of identifying general police vehicles in operational use by the AOS. Such identification system should be visible to other
vehicles on the ground, and from the air.
V. Police should continue to develop AOS training modules, which endeavour to more closely resemble operational settings.
VI. When deploying on operations, AOS Commanders should acknowledge and take account of the relative experience of its squad members and where possible team squad members with little operational
experience with a squad member with more operational experience.
VII. Police investigate the establishment of a Critical Response Vehicle as recommended by Neville Matthews.

Additionally I am interested in obtaining a copy of any documents detailing why these recommendations have not been complied with, received or responded to. Any other information you could give me would also be greatly appreciated. If I could obtain any documents
in electronic form, that would be preferred. Could you also please acknowledge receipt of this request? I can be contacted via this
email address.

Yours sincerely,

Katherine Raue

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From: THOMSON, Raewyn
New Zealand Police

I acknowledge receipt of your request of 12 December 2013.

Your requeast is being considered.

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From: Katherine Raue

Dear THOMSON, Raewyn,

THIS RESPONSE IS WELL OVERDUE - PROVIDE A RESPONSE IMMEDIATELY.

Yours sincerely,

Katherine Raue

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From: Katherine Raue

Dear THOMSON, Raewyn,

THIS REQUEST IS LONG OVERDUE - PLEASE PROVIDE THIS INFORMATION WITHOUT FURTHER DELAY.

Yours sincerely,

Katherine Raue

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