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COVID-19 lockdowns impact on active investigations

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From: Fred Kransky

Dear New Zealand Police,

I am writing to request information on how many active investigations are currently on hold, not being investigated (i.e. Interviews with witnesses, victims, or offenders) due to COVID-19 lockdowns in New Zealand.

I am also requesting a break down of these by area (i.e. City or post code) and by allegation (i.e. Abuse, theft, etc).

I would also like to know how many of these cases involve a child's potential safety.

Is there a document that outlines whether a case is deemed high-risk enough to investigate under higher alert levels?

Is there any communication or suggestion from parliament to the police on how to investigate under higher alert levels (i.e. Zoom interviews, outdoor socially distanced interviews.)

Yours faithfully,
Fredrick Fong

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From: Ministerial Services
New Zealand Police

Tēnā koe Fredrick,

I acknowledge receipt of your Official Information Act (OIA) request below, received by New Zealand Police on 17 November 2021.

Your request is being actioned pursuant to the OIA. You can expect a response to your request on or before 15 December 2021.

Kind regards, Dylan
Ministerial Services PNHQ

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Tēnā koe Fredrick

 

I refer to your request of 17 November 2021 for the following information:

I am writing to request information on how many active investigations are
currently on hold, not being investigated (i.e. Interviews with witnesses,
victims, or offenders) due to COVID-19 lockdowns in New Zealand.

I am also requesting a break down of these by area (i.e. City or post
code) and by allegation (i.e. Abuse, theft, etc).

I would also like to know how many of these cases involve a child's
potential safety.

Is there a document that outlines whether a case is deemed high-risk
enough to investigate under higher alert levels?

Is there any communication or suggestion from parliament to the police on
how to investigate under higher alert levels (i.e. Zoom interviews,
outdoor socially distanced interviews.)

 

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in which to respond to your request, pursuant to section 15A(1) of the
Official Information Act  1982 (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 requires until 3 February 2022 to provide a substantive response to
your request. We are endeavouring to provide this to you as soon as
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Ngā mihi
Sarah

Ministerial Services
New Zealand Police National Headquarters Wellington

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