This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Official Information request 'Police Numbers'.

11 March 2022
Chuck Schooner 
[email address] 
Tēnā koe Chuck 
Request for information 
Thank you for your Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) request of 11 February 2022, in 
which you asked for information regarding the protests surrounding Parliament grounds. 
Specifically you have asked: 
1. Does the police commissioner understand why there are protests at the
moment? Any number of reasons can be pointed to but you must understand
why people are now desperate - loss of businesses, jobs, relationships,
2. As a scenario if the police joined the protesters (who fund their salary and our
political classes salary) walked off the job do you think politicians would
immediately revoke al  mandates and the commissioner would benefit from
more available officers?
Your request invites Police to offer opinions on the motivation of the protestors and the 
possible outcome of a hypothetical scenario. There is no obligation on an agency to form 
an opinion to answer a request. Your request is therefore refused pursuant to s 18(g) of 
the OIA, as the information is not held and Police has no reason to believe it is held by 
another agency. 
Police acknowledge the right to lawfully protest and worked in good faith to allow lawful 
and reasonable protest while protecting the interests of others in the area.  
You have the right to ask the Ombudsman to review my decision if you are not satisfied 
with the response to your request. Information about how to make a complaint is available 
Nāku noa, nā 
Dave Greig 
New Zealand Police  
Police National Headquarters
180 Molesworth Street. PO Box 3017, Wellington 6140, New Zealand. 
Telephone: 04 474 9499. Fax: 04 498 7400. 

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