Advice given on issuing formal warnings

Andrew Geddis made this Official Information request to New Zealand Police

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From: Andrew Geddis

Dear New Zealand Police,

On April 25, stuff.co.nz published an article "A judge has ruled that police 'formal warnings' are illegal and akin to a conviction without trial" (https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/1...). That article includes a quote attributed to the NZ Police: “In the interim, staff have been provided with information concerning the proper approach to formal written warnings.”

I request a copy of the information referred to in this article, being all information and advice provided to police staff regarding the issuing of formal written warnings following the decision in S v Commissioner of Police [2021] NZHC 743.

Yours faithfully,

Andrew Geddis
Faculty of Law
University of Otago
Dunedin
New Zealand

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Tēnā koe Mr Geddis

 

I acknowledge receipt of your Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) request
below, received by New Zealand Police on 25 April 2021.

 

Your request is being actioned pursuant to the OIA.

 

You can expect a response to your request on or before 25 May 2021.

 

Ngā mihi
Sarah

Ministerial Services
New Zealand Police National Headquarters Wellington

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Tçnâ koe Mr Geddis
 
I refer to your request of 25 April 2021 for the following information:

 

On April 25, stuff.co.nz published an article "A judge has ruled that
police 'formal warnings' are illegal and akin to a conviction without
trial"
(https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/1...).
That article includes a quote attributed to the NZ Police: “In the
interim, staff have been provided with information concerning the proper
approach to formal written warnings.”

 

I request a copy of the information referred to in this article, being all
information and advice provided to police staff regarding the issuing of
formal written warnings following the decision in S v Commissioner of
Police [2021] NZHC 743.

 

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 25 June 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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Ngâ mihi
Julian
Ministerial Services
PNHQ

 

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