6 October 2020
[FYI request #13310 email]
Tena koe David,
In your Official Information Request dated 16 July 2020, you wrote:
"story at https:llwww.rnz.co.nzlnews/te-manu-korihi/421104/police-acknowledqe
claim-aqainst-racial-bias-was-false reports that the number of pre-charge
warnings for first-time adult offenders
... given to Maori as just 53 percent,
compared to 59 percent for non-Maori. 11
a breakdown of those statistics by type of offence. Specifically the
data I would find useful is the number of Maori and non-Maori first time offenders
in the crime categories below, and within each category what percentage were
a pre-charge warning.
The categories are the 16 ANZSOC categories (as listed at
https:llwww. police.govt. nzlabout-us/publications-statisticsldata-and
The purpose of the request is to see if the difference in the pre-charge warning
rates can be explained by the type of offences committed and hence wish to
compare the rates within the same type of offence.
We have considered your request and provided a response to your questions in the
following tables in Appendix A attached.
The tables show the breakdown of the percentage of first time offenders who have
been issued with a pre-charge warning for the period July 2019 to March 2020. The
period covers up to the third quarter (03) of the year ending 30 June 2020.
The data provided does not include all 16 ANZSOC offence divisions that you
requested as some offences are not eligible for pre-charge warnings. The tables are
broken down by Maori and non-Maori, by offence division, and by Police District.
Police National Headquarters
180 Molesworth Street. PO Box 3017, Wellington 6140, New Zealand
Telephone: 04 474 9499. Fax: 04 498 7400. www.police.govt.nz