Temporary carriage of firearms directives records January 2021

Mark Hanna made this Official Information request to New Zealand Police

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From: Mark Hanna

Tēnā koutou,

In June 2020, I asked Police what records were kept regarding temporary carriage of firearms directives, sometimes called general arming orders (ref IR-01-20-15406).

In its response, Police told me:

“With regards to your second question, Police is currently undertaking a review of firearms policy to include the recording of all temporary carriages of firearms.

Your request for question three is refused under section 18(e) in that any document/website alleged to contain the information requested does not exist.”

For context, the second and third questions of my request were:

“2. What records does NZ Police keep regarding temporary carriage of firearms directives?

3. Is there any place where NZ Police proactively makes information about current temporary carriage of firearms directives publicly available?”

I’m not certain if the review of firearms policy mentioned in Police’s response has been completed, but I am interested in any outcomes of the review and if more information has since been recorded about these events.

Please release the following information:

1. All information held about the findings, results, or outcomes of the review, including any and all presentation slides, briefings, A3s, aides-memoire, and reports.

2. Police’s current firearms policy.

3. For any temporary carriage of firearms directives for which records have been kept, since July 14 2020:
3a. The start date of the directive.
3b. The name and role of the person responsible for issuing the directive.
3c. The area(s) covered by the directive.
3d. The dates on which the directive was reviewed.
3e. How many times firearms were discharged by police officers covered by the directive, while it was active.
3f. The end date of the directive.

Please also explain any relevant caveats that should be kept in mind when analysing this information.

Please provide this information in an accessible, searchable format.

If any part of my request is unclear, please don't hesitate to contact me.

If any of the information that I have requested is unavailable or would be difficult to retrieve, but similar information might be readily available, I would be happy to discuss altering or refining my request.

I would also like to remind Police that a follow-up question I asked on 14 July 2020 has not been answered. I would still appreciate this clarification regarding Police’s previous response:

“Thank you for your response to my request. However, I am a little confused about the answer to part 2 of my request, in which I had asked "What records does NZ Police keep regarding temporary carriage of firearms directives?"

I appreciate your response that "Police is currently undertaking a review of firearms policy to include the recording of all temporary carriages of firearms". However, I do not believe this completely answers my question regarding what records Police currently keeps regarding these directives.

Should I interpret your brief answer to imply that Police does not currently keep any particular records regarding temporary carriage of firearms directives? Given the considerations you explained in your response to part 1 of my request, I would have thought Police would keep records on things such as the specific timeframe of these directives?”

Ngā mihi,
Mark Hanna

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New Zealand Police

Tēnā koe Mr Hanna
 
I acknowledge receipt of your Official Information Act (OIA) request
below, received by NZ Police on 31 January 2021.
 
Your request is being actioned pursuant to the Act.
 
You can expect a response to your request on or before 1 March 2021.
 
Ngā mihi
Fiona
Ministerial Services
PNHQ
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Date: 31/01/2021 12:59PM
Subject: [EXTERNAL] Official Information request - Temporary carriage of
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Tēnā koutou,
In June 2020, I asked Police what records were kept regarding temporary
carriage of firearms directives, sometimes called general arming orders
(ref IR-01-20-15406).
In its response, Police told me:
“With regards to your second question, Police is currently undertaking a
review of firearms policy to include the recording of all temporary
carriages of firearms.
Your request for question three is refused under section 18(e) in that any
document/website alleged to contain the information requested does not
exist.”
For context, the second and third questions of my request were:
“2. What records does NZ Police keep regarding temporary carriage of
firearms directives?
3. Is there any place where NZ Police proactively makes information about
current temporary carriage of firearms directives publicly available?”
I’m not certain if the review of firearms policy mentioned in Police’s
response has been completed, but I am interested in any outcomes of the
review and if more information has since been recorded about these events.
Please release the following information:
1. All information held about the findings, results, or outcomes of the
review, including any and all presentation slides, briefings, A3s,
aides-memoire, and reports.
2. Police’s current firearms policy.
3. For any temporary carriage of firearms directives for which records
have been kept, since July 14 2020:
3a. The start date of the directive.
3b. The name and role of the person responsible for issuing the directive.
3c. The area(s) covered by the directive.
3d. The dates on which the directive was reviewed.
3e. How many times firearms were discharged by police officers covered by
the directive, while it was active.
3f. The end date of the directive.
Please also explain any relevant caveats that should be kept in mind when
analysing this information.
Please provide this information in an accessible, searchable format.
If any part of my request is unclear, please don't hesitate to contact me.
If any of the information that I have requested is unavailable or would be
difficult to retrieve, but similar information might be readily available,
I would be happy to discuss altering or refining my request.
I would also like to remind Police that a follow-up question I asked on 14
July 2020 has not been answered. I would still appreciate this
clarification regarding Police’s previous response:
“Thank you for your response to my request. However, I am a little
confused about the answer to part 2 of my request, in which I had asked
"What records does NZ Police keep regarding temporary carriage of firearms
directives?"
I appreciate your response that "Police is currently undertaking a review
of firearms policy to include the recording of all temporary carriages of
firearms". However, I do not believe this completely answers my question
regarding what records Police currently keeps regarding these directives.
Should I interpret your brief answer to imply that Police does not
currently keep any particular records regarding temporary carriage of
firearms directives? Given the considerations you explained in your
response to part 1 of my request, I would have thought Police would keep
records on things such as the specific timeframe of these directives?”
Ngā mihi,
Mark Hanna
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Tēnā koe Mr Hanna
 
I refer to your request of 31 January 2021 for Temporary Carriage of
Firearms data.
 
I have been asked to advise you that Police requires an extension of time
in which to respond to your request, pursuant to section 15A(1) of the
Official Information Act (OIA). Specifically, section 15A(1)(b),
consultations necessary to make a decision on the request are such that a
proper response to the request cannot reasonably be made within the
original time limit.
 
Police require until 16 March 2021 to provide a substantive response to
your request.
 
You have the right, under section 28(3) of the OIA, to make a complaint to
an Ombudsman about this extension.
 
If you wish to discuss any aspect of your request with us, including this
decision, please feel free to contact
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Ngā mihi
Fi
Ministerial Services
PNHQ

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From: Mark Hanna

Tēnā koe,

Thank you for your letter of extension on Friday. Could you please let me know what specific consultations are necessary to make a decision on this request, and why they could not reasonably have been completed within the original time limit?

Ngā mihi,
Mark Hanna

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