Selling off of community police buildings/closing down

Donna McMillan made this Official Information request to Poto WIlliams

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From: Donna McMillan

Dear Poto WIlliams and Commissioner Coster -

I would like to know how many community policing houses are being sold off around the country. Does the sale include the land?
What happens to the money from these sales?
How often are the ones that remain manned? How many have been closed down since 2019?
What are the statistics for 105 calls versus apprehension of perpetrators?
I would also like to see any correspondence in all forms (texts, emails, etc) between the Office of the Prime Minister, Police Minister, The NZ Police Commissioner, and the Minister of Justice with regards to this matter from January 2019 to today December 14 2021.

I understand the police station house in St Heliers is being sold. What will the land be used for?
We need community policing more than ever - the police get to know what is going on.
Our communities are in need of local policing more than ever. They can bike, skateboard and generally walk the streets and get to know the communities.
For example St Heliers, Kohi, Mission Bay have had a crimewave of burglaries, shop and dairy ram raids in the neighbourhood that has escalated to the point where just the other day a group of young teens were accosted in St Heliers Bay Road at knife point and had their phones, shoes stolen while they were out walking.
Where are all the community police? We are told to call 105 as the perpetrators are long gone by the time we get to phone the police.
I also work in a school and we haven't seen our Youth Engagement police in months. They are so critical to stopping the young 12, 13 year olds getting into deep trouble.

So the stats I want is how many community policing houses are being sold off around the country. How often are the ones that remain manned?

Kind regards
Ngā mihi
Donna McMillan

Yours faithfully,

Donna McMillan

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From: P Williams (MIN)
Poto WIlliams

Kia Orana,

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From: P Williams (MIN)
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Tēnā koe Donna

Reference: OIA 2021-349

On behalf of Minister Poto Williams, thank you for your email of 14 December 2021 in which you submitted an Official Information Act request as follow:

I would like to know how many community policing houses are being sold off around the country. Does the sale include the land?
What happens to the money from these sales?
How often are the ones that remain manned? How many have been closed down since 2019?
What are the statistics for 105 calls versus apprehension of perpetrators?
I would also like to see any correspondence in all forms (texts, emails, etc) between the Office of the Prime Minister, Police Minister, The NZ Police Commissioner, and the Minister of Justice with regards to this matter from January 2019 to today December 14 2021.
I understand the police station house in St Heliers is being sold. What will the land be used for?
Where are all the community police? We are told to call 105 as the perpetrators are long gone by the time we get to phone the police.
So the stats I want is how many community policing houses are being sold off around the country. How often are the ones that remain manned?

Minister Williams is considering your request in accordance with the Act, and will respond in due course.

Ngā mihi,

Moana Fuli
Private Secretary, Executive Support | Office of Hon Poto Williams
DDI: 04 817 8724 | Email: [email address]
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From: Moana Fuli

Kia ora Donna,

Official information request

I refer to your attached official information request.

We have transferred your request to New Zealand Police. The information to which your request relates is not held by us but is believed to be more closely connected with the functions of New Zealand Police. In these circumstances, we are required by section 14 of the OIA to transfer your request.

Ngā mihi,
Moana

Moana Fuli
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From: Ministerial Services

Kia ora Donna

I acknowledge receipt of your Official Information Act (OIA) request below, transferred to NZ Police by the Ministry of Police office on 16 December 2021.

The transferred request is as follows:

"I would like to know how many community policing houses are being sold off around the country. Does the sale include the land?
What happens to the money from these sales?
How often are the ones that remain manned? How many have been closed down since 2019?
What are the statistics for 105 calls versus apprehension of perpetrators?
I would also like to see any correspondence in all forms (texts, emails, etc) between the Office of the Prime Minister, Police Minister, The NZ Police Commissioner, and the Minister of Justice with regards to this matter from January 2019 to today December 14 2021."

Your request is being actioned pursuant to the Act.

Please note, as per section 2 of the OIA, the three weeks between 25 December and 15 January in the following year do not count as working days. You can expect a response to your request on or before 3 February 2022.

Kind regards, Brittany
Ministerial Services, PNHQ

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From: Donna McMillan

Dear Ministerial Services,

Hi - thanks for the update. Do you need all those days to find the information I’m seeking? Surely 20days is just a guideline? Otherwise gosh what a slow service- you wouldn’t survive in the private sector.
I look forward to a speedy response.

Yours sincerely,

Donna McMillan

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Dear Donna,

 

I refer to your request, transferred to New Zealand Police on 16 December,
for the following (numbered for reference):

 

 1. How many community policing houses are being sold off around the
country?
 2. Does the sale include the land?
 3. How often are the ones that remain manned?
 4. How many have been closed down since 2019?
 5. What are the statistics for 105 calls versus apprehension of
perpetrators?
 6. I would also like to see any correspondence in all forms (texts,
emails etc) between the Office of the Prime Minister, Police Minister,
The NZ Police Commissioner, and the Minister of Justice with regards
to this matter from January 2019 to today December 14 2021.
 7. I understand the police station house at St Heliers is being sold.
What will the land be used for?

I would like to clarify a couple of points so we can proceed with your
request:

o Much of your request relates to “community policing houses,” can you
please confirm what you mean by that term? For example, are you
referring to police stations that include accommodation for police
officers to live on site?
o Item 6 above is a request for correspondence with regards to “this
matter,” can you please confirm which matter you refer to?
o Can also confirm whether your request is for correspondence between
any two or more of the named persons/organisations, or correspondence
that involves all of them? Please note that if you require
correspondence (if any) that Police as not party to, I would need to
transfer that part of your request. Alternatively, given your request
relates to Police operations, you may wish to refine your request to
correspondence involving the Police Commissioner and any one or more
of the following: Police Minister, Office of the Prime Minister, or
the Minister of Justice.
o Given the difficulties in locating correspondence over long periods,
you may wish to narrow the timeframe of your request, and/or specify
the search terms you would like us to use. Refining the request makes
it more likely we will be able to locate something that will be useful
to you.

 

Finally, I note your concerns about policing in your community. If you
wish to email me directly to provide contact details, I can refer your
concerns to your local police to respond to.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Chris Morrison

Asset Manager – Property

Infrastructure, PNHQ

 

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From: Donna McMillan

Dear MORRISON, Christopher,
Please see my response in body of email:

o Much of your request relates to “community policing houses,” can you
please confirm what you mean by that term? For example, are you
referring to police stations that include accommodation for police
officers to live on site?
- No I am referring to St Heliers Police House in St Heliers, cnr Polygon and St Heliers Bay Road, Auckland

o Item 6 above is a request for correspondence with regards to “this
matter,” can you please confirm which matter you refer to?
-The matter of the Police selling off houses such as the Police House in St Heliers Bay Road, Auckland

o Can also confirm whether your request is for correspondence between
any two or more of the named persons/organisations, or correspondence
that involves all of them? Please note that if you require
correspondence (if any) that Police as not party to, I would need to
transfer that part of your request. Alternatively, given your request
relates to Police operations, you may wish to refine your request to
correspondence involving the Police Commissioner and any one or more
of the following: Police Minister, Office of the Prime Minister, or
the Minister of Justice.
-Yes please just refine my request to correspondence involving the Police Commissioner and any one or more
of the following: Police Minister, Office of the Prime Minister, or
the Minister of Justice as it relates to operational matters.

o Given the difficulties in locating correspondence over long periods,
you may wish to narrow the timeframe of your request, and/or specify
the search terms you would like us to use. Refining the request makes
it more likely we will be able to locate something that will be useful
to you.
- I am looking for any information that discusses the closing down of the St Heliers Community Police house… and whether it is being sold or repurposed for continued police use? Any correspondence that captures this communication from 31 December 2020 to 31 December 2021 if that helps with the time period.

Yours sincerely
Ngā mihi

Donna McMillan

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From: MORRISON, Christopher

Hello

 

I am on leave but I will be back on Wednesday 5th January 2022.

 

I will respond to your email upon my return.

 

Thanks

 

Chris Morrison

 

 

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From: MORRISON, Christopher

Dear Donna

Thank you for getting back to me.

I require some further clarification in regards to your OIA. By the term 'community police houses' do you mean 'Police Stations'? (St Heliers was a Police station). It is an important definition as it will form the basis of our response to your questions.

If you could get back to me, it would be much appreciated.

Yours sincerely

Chris Morrison

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From: Donna McMillan

Dear MORRISON, Christopher,

Thanks for email. I do mean Police Station ….
Saint Heliers police station. (It happens to be in a house).
Many thanks
Ngaa mihi
Donna

Yours sincerely,

Donna McMillan

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Tēnā koe Donna

 

I refer to your request of 16 December 2021 for the following information:

 

I would like to know how many community policing houses are being sold off
around the country. Does the sale include the land?

What happens to the money from these sales?

How often are the ones that remain manned?  How many have been closed down
since 2019?

What are the statistics for 105 calls versus apprehension of perpetrators?

I would also like to see any correspondence in all forms (texts, emails,
etc) between the Office of the Prime Minister, Police Minister, The NZ
Police Commissioner, and the Minister of Justice with regards to this
matter from January 2019 to today December 14 2021

 

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  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 March 2022 to provide a substantive response to
your request. We are endeavouring to provide this to you as soon as
possible.

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
[1][email address].

 

Kind regards

 

Catherine

Advisor: Ministerial Services

Police National Headquarters

 

 

 

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From: Donna McMillan

Dear Ministerial Services,
I am still waiting for a response to my query, by law, under all circumstances, the authority should have responded by now.
Please advise why the delay.

Yours sincerely,
Ngā mihi
Donna

Donna McMillan

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Please find attached the response to your Official Information Act
request, received by New Zealand Police on 16 December 2021.

Please accept our apologies for the delay in providing you with this
response.

Ngā mihi

 

Julián (he/him)

Ministerial Services Advisor
NZ Police National Headquarters Wellington
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