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RAT by Police Districts and Areas

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Dear New Zealand Police,

Please provide the approved RAT (broken down into sworn constabulary, authorised officer and non-sworn staff) for each Police District and Area for the years 2017 to 2023 inclusive.

Yours faithfully,
Matahiwi

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From: Ministerial Services
New Zealand Police

Tēnā koe Matahiwi

I acknowledge receipt of your Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) request below.

Your reference number is IR-01-23-20383

You can expect a response to your request on or before XX unless an extension is needed.

Ngā mihi,
Jonelle
Ministerial Services - Police National Headquarters

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Tēnā koe Matahiwi                                 

Please find attached the response to your Official Information Act
request, received by New Zealand Police on 29 June 2023.

 

Ngā mihi

Dylan

 

Advisor | Ministerial Services | Police National Headquarters  

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Hi Dylan,

Thanks for this.

I note that the response only partially fulfils my request - I asked for the information by both District and Area (obviously meaning those parts of the District headed by an Area Commander, eg for Wellington this would be Kapiti-Mana Area, Porirua Area, Wellington Area and Wairarapa Area) but you have only supplied this at a District level. I didn’t ask for PNHQ/RNZPC/Communications Centres or any of the other teams or specialist units that you have combined into the Service Center grouping.

I don’t think the term Area was ambiguous- it is a standard term within Police and is used on your website e.g. https://www.police.govt.nz/about-us/stru... which states “Police is divided into 12 districts, 9 in the North Island and 3 in the South. Each district is divided into areas and has a central station”. As such it is concerning that the person who authorised the release of this response appears to have chosen not to release that.

Could you arrange for them to supply me the rest of the information requested without delay. I will raise this with the ombudsman if I don’t get it within a week.

Yours sincerely,

Matahiwi

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From: Ministerial Services
New Zealand Police

Kia ora Matahiwi,

Thank you for your response and apologies for the misunderstanding.

NZ Police sets Resource Allocation Targets (RAT) as a district level but no lower. This is done to enable local managers to manage resources to match changing demands. Therefore, there is no official RAT set for Police Areas and this part of your request is refused under section 18(e) of the Official Information Act 1982, as the information requested does not exist.

You have the right to seek an investigation and review by the Ombudsman of this decision.
Information about how to make a complaint is available at www.ombudsman.parliament.nz or
freephone 0800 802 602.

Ngā mihi,

Courtenay
Ministerial Services
PNHQ

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Dear Ministerial Services,

Thank you for your response. I note that this does not align with information I have from current and former police staff. While the RAT for individual areas may be set by the District Commander rather than PNHQ, I do believe that there is an established RAT for each area.

As you are not willing to release this information, please instead provide the following for each Area in the Northern, Central, Eastern, Wellington and Waitamata Districts for
- The average number of sworn constabulary officers employee over the year
- the average number of authorised officers employed over the year
- the average number of vacancies of sworn constabulary roles over the year.
- the average number of vacancies of authoriser officer roles over the year.

Yours sincerely,

Matahiwi

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From: Ministerial Services
New Zealand Police

Kia ora Matahiwi,

Thank you for your request. I have assigned this IR-01-23-23889.

Please expect a response by 25 August 2023 unless an extension is required.

Ngā mihi,

Courtenay
Ministerial Services
PNHQ

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Tēnā koe Matahiwi                                  

Please find attached the response to your Official Information Act
request, received by New Zealand Police on 29 July 2023.

 

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

 

Ngā mihi

Dylan

 

Advisor | Ministerial Services | Police National Headquarters

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