NZ Police Telecommunication Investigations Manual

Carol Rene made this Official Information request to New Zealand Police

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From: Carol Rene

Dear New Zealand Police,

I request a complete copy of the 'NZ Police Telecommunication Investigations Manual'. For any parts of the document that you choose to censor out, I request an annotation detailing under which section of the Official Information Act you are withholding that information.

Yours faithfully,
Carol Rene

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From: Ministerial Services
New Zealand Police

Tēnā koe Carol

I acknowledge receipt of your Official Information Act (OIA) request below, received by NZ Police on 1 May 2022.

Your request is being actioned pursuant to the Act.

You can expect a response to your request on or before 27 May 2022.

Ngā mihi
Ministerial Services
Police National Headquarters

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From: Carol Rene

Dear Ministerial Services,

As per the Official Information Act, a decision on this request should have been made by May 27, 2022. Please promptly provide a response.

Yours sincerely,
Carol Rene

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Tēnā koe Carol                                  

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request, received by New Zealand Police on 1 May 2022.

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Mark Hanna left an annotation ()

I see Police quoted a part of this document in response to a previous request of yours, regarding the definition of "Polling", but that definition doesn't appear in this document:

I think it seems unlikely that this Police Manual chapter has been updated to remove the portion they quoted since Police sent you that previous response about four months ago. Presumably, it is part of one of the sizable sections of this document that have been withheld under s6(c) of the OIA.

I think this implies that Police is not justified in withholding as much information as they have under this section. I suggest you might like to complain to the Office of the Ombudsman about their decision to withhold so much information.

The Ombudsman's guidelines on decisions to withhold information for the reasons allowed under section 6 of the OIA is quite clear that Police must be able to explain how they think the release of that information would be likely to prejudice maintenance of the law:

"It is not sufficient to simply assert that disclosure of the information will have a prejudicial effect. The public sector agency must be able to identify, with sufficient particularity, the nature of the prejudicial effect and explain how such prejudice will occur in order to meet the tests for withholding in section 6."

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