Police policy documents

Mark Hanna made this Official Information request to New Zealand Police

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From: Mark Hanna

Tēnā koutou,

Several NZ Police policy documents have been released under the Official Information Act in the past. However, as time passes the details of active policies will understandably change, so documents that were released in the past may no longer be current.

I am interested in understanding both the degree to which these policy documents released in the past are out of date, and the scope of which other NZ Police policy documents might exist without having been made publicly available. I am also interested in understanding the different types of policy documents used by NZ Police and how they are organised.

In 2012, NZ Police released a list of all policy documents broken down by name and type. The response was published on fyi.org.nz here: https://fyi.org.nz/request/new_zealand_p...

As well as providing a list of chapters of the Police Manual, this policy list also included General Instructions and Commissioner’s Circulars.

Some of the Police Manual chapters that have subsequently been released under the OIA have been accompanied by version numbers. For example, the “Arms” chapter of the Police Manual released in January 2017 was annotated with “Version : 16.0”:

Other Police Manual chapters have instead been released under the heading “Police Instructions” and have not had a version number. For example, the Fleeing Driver Policy document released here in September 2020:

The Police Manual chapter “Police investigations of complaints and notifiable incidents”, published on the NZ Police website, also has the heading “Police Instructions” and no version number:

Please release the following information regarding NZ Police policies that are currently in effect, excluding local orders:

1. A list of current NZ Police policy documents, including Police Manual chapters, General Instructions, and Commissioner’s Circulars. Please include:
a) The name of the policy
b) The type of the policy
c) The date at which the current version of the policy came into effect
d) Where applicable, the version of the current policy (e.g. “12.0”)
e) If the policy belongs to one or more groups of similar policies, e.g. “Intelligence”, what group or groups does it belong to?
f) If the policy has been published online by NZ Police, a URL where it is available

2. What legal authority underpins the Police Manual and its chapters? For example, is it a type of Commissioner’s circular as referred to by section 30(1)(b) of the Policing Act 2008?

3. How does NZ Police manage different versions of policy documents? For example, are all policy documents assigned a version number?

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 without a watermark. I would prefer that the response to part 1 of my request be provided in a spreadsheet format, such as CSV or XLSX.

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

I understand that several hundred documents will fall within the scope of my request. If any of the information that I have requested in part 1 of my request would be difficult to retrieve, I would be happy to discuss altering or refining my request.

Ngā mihi,
Mark Hanna

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From: Ministerial Services
New Zealand Police

Tēnā koe Mark

I acknowledge receipt of your Official Information Act (OIA) request below, received by NZ Police on 23 April 2022.

Your request is being actioned pursuant to the Act.

You can expect a response to your request on or before 23 May 2022.

Ngā mihi
Ministerial Services
Police National Headquarters

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Since having made this request, I've noticed that three General Instructions regarding firearms that were previously published on the NZ Police website have been removed between December 2020 and April 2021. I'll be interested to see what their response says about these General Instructions.

F061 - Use of Firearms by Policie
F062 - Fire Orders
F063 - Police Firearms

An archived copy of these General Instructions from December 2020 can be found here: https://web.archive.org/web/202012011438...

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