Police Manual Chapters

J. Beddek made this Official Information request to New Zealand Police

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From: J. Beddek

Tēnā koutou,

Please release each of the following Police Manual chapters:
- Use of Force - Approved tactical equipment and carriage for constables and Authorised Officers (non specialist)
- Use of Force - CS Gas
- Use of Force - Positional asphyxia
- Identification of offenders

For each of the Police Manual chapters listed above, please release the following information:
a. A copy of the latest version of the document.
b. The date on which the current version of the document came into effect.
c. The next planned review date of the document.
d. The licence under which the document and any accompanying information is released.

I am also requesting information surrounding the policy titled "Intel - Selection of operation names".

Following an OIA request from "Mark Hanna" dated the 23rd of April 2022, a full list of NZ Policy policy documents was released [4]. Within this list is a policy titled "Intel - Selection of operation names".
However, through a request from "Sebastian" dated the 1st of March 2021, it was stated that this policy did not exist [5]. In a different OIA request from "Mike Hunua" on August the 8th 2022 requesting details about operation naming, no reference to this policy was made within the response document [6].

Mike Hunua asked within that OIA request "[...] is there a police policy about this that can be released?" This question was not addressed in the response by NZ Police.

I would like to know the following information regarding this Intel policy:

1. Does this policy exist?
2. When was it created?
3. When was the earliest version of the policy made available to NZ Police members?
4. Why did NZ Police fail to address Mike's question about the existence of the policy?

Please provide the "Intel - Selection of operation names" policy with the conditions set out in points (a) through (d).

If possible, I would prefer that the information be released under the Creative Commons Attribute 4.0 licence (CC BY 4.0) [1], which is recommended under the NZGOAL framework [2]. Cabinet has invited NZ Police to take NZGOAL into account when releasing copyright material and non-copyright material to the public for re-use [3]. If NZ Police decides to release the documents with licenses of "Not Applicable" please state whether NZ Police owns the copyright to the documents.

If NZ Police decides to refuse my request under section 18(d) of the Official Information Act 1982 because the information will soon be publicly available, I ask that you also provide me with some detail as to the plan for when these documents will be made publicly available.

Please provide this information in an accessible, searchable format without a watermark.
Please release each listed Police Manual chapter as a separate document (i.e. not attached to the response letter).

If any information needs to be withheld from a document, please ensure this is not done in a way that makes the surrounding content (such as other content on the same page) inaccessible. Please provide both the reason for the removal of the information as well as the grounds in support of that reason as outlined by section 17(2)(b) of the Act.

I am a New Zealand citizen.

Ngā mihi,
J. Beddek

[1]: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/...
[2]: https://www.data.govt.nz/toolkit/policie...
[3]: https://www.data.govt.nz/assets/Uploads/...
[4]: https://fyi.org.nz/request/19200-police-...
[5]: https://fyi.org.nz/request/14795-police-...
[6]: https://fyi.org.nz/request/20175-operati...

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From: Ministerial Services
New Zealand Police

Tēnā koe J. Beddek

I acknowledge receipt of your Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) request below, received by Police on 30 November 2022.

Your reference number is IR-01-22-37208.

Please note, as per section 2 of the OIA, the three weeks between 25 December 2022 and 15 January 2023 do not count as working days. You can expect a response to your request on or before 18 January 2023 unless an extension is needed.

Ngā mihi
Ministerial Services
Police National Headquarters

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Tēnā koe J                                  

Please find attached the response to your Official Information Act
request, received by New Zealand Police on 30 November 2022.


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


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