Decision to start general arming of Christchurch frontline officers

Mark Hanna made this Official Information request to New Zealand Police

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From: Mark Hanna

Tēnā koutou,

This evening, RNZ reported that all Christchurch frontline police officers have been instructed to carry firearms on their person while on duty, “until further notice”: https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/...

I am concerned by the fact that this general arming of Christchurch frontline officers has been commenced “until further notice”, rather than with a specified date on which the decision will be reviewed.

I would like to know what led to Police making the decision without any apparent plan to end this general arming of Christchurch frontline officers.

Please release the following information:

1. All documents, including meeting minutes and internal communications, regarding the decision to have Christchurch officers carry firearms on their person specifically “until further notice” (or other wording to similar effect).

2. All documents, including meeting minutes and internal communications, regarding plans to discontinue the general arming of Christchurch frontline officers.

3. Any risk assessment conducted regarding the temporary general arming of Christchurch frontline officers.

Please provide this information in an accessible, searchable format.

Ngā mihi,
Mark Hanna

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From: Mark Hanna

Tēnā koutou,

Since sending my earlier email, I've seen through coverage of this decision by Stuff that the order to arm frontline officers "was being reviewed daily, but was in place until further notice".

In addition to the information requested in my previous email, please also release:

4. Any documents, such as guidelines or process documents, regarding how an order to arm frontline officers may be given.

5. Any documents, such as guidelines or process documents, regarding how an order to arm frontline officers is reviewed.

Please provide this information in an accessible, searchable format.

If any of the questions I have asked do not accurately reflect the current situation, please let me know. I would be happy to discuss how they could be refined.

Ngā mihi,
Mark Hanna

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RNZ has reported that Christchurch officers will stay armed "until a wanted man is located": https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/...

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New Zealand Police

Hello Mark

I acknowledge receipt of your Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) request
for the information below.
Your request is being actioned pursuant to the OIA.

Ngā mihi

 

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From: Mark Hanna < [2][FOI #9725 email] >
Date: 28/02/2019 09:04PM
Subject: Official Information request - Decision to start general arming
of Christchurch frontline officers

Tēnā koutou,

This evening, RNZ reported that all Christchurch frontline police officers
have been instructed to carry firearms on their person while on duty,
“until further notice”: [3] 
https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/...
 

I am concerned by the fact that this general arming of Christchurch
frontline officers has been commenced “until further notice”, rather than
with a specified date on which the decision will be reviewed.

I would like to know what led to Police making the decision without any
apparent plan to end this general arming of Christchurch frontline
officers.

Please release the following information:

1. All documents, including meeting minutes and internal communications,
regarding the decision to have Christchurch officers carry firearms on
their person specifically “until further notice” (or other wording to
similar effect).

2. All documents, including meeting minutes and internal communications,
regarding plans to discontinue the general arming ofChristchurch frontline
officers.

3. Any risk assessment conducted regarding the temporary general arming of
Christchurch frontline officers.

Please provide this information in an accessible, searchable format.

Ngā mihi,
Mark Hanna

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From: MarkHanna < [8][FOI #9725 email] >
Date: 28/02/2019 10:44PM
Subject: Re: Official Information request - Decision to start general
arming of Christchurch frontline officers

Tēnā koutou,

Since sending my earlier email, I've seen through coverage of this
decision by Stuff that the order to arm frontline officers "was being
reviewed daily, but was in place until further notice".

In addition to the information requested in my previous email, please also
release:

4. Any documents, such as guidelines or process documents, regarding how
an order to arm frontline officers may be given.

5. Any documents, such as guidelines or process documents, regarding how
an order to arm frontline officers is reviewed.

Please provide this information in an accessible, searchable format.

If any of the questions I have asked do not accurately reflect the current
situation, please let me know. I would be happy to discuss how they could
be refined.

Ngā mihi,
Mark Hanna

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page.

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New Zealand Police

Afternoon Mark,

 

Thank you for your OIA request received on 28/02/2019.
 
You requested:

* 1. All documents, including meeting minutes and internal
communications, regarding the decision to have Christchurch officers
carry firearms on their person specifically “until further notice” (or
other wording to similar effect).
* 2. All documents, including meeting minutes and internal
communications, regarding plans to discontinue the general arming of
Christchurch frontline officers.
* 3. Any risk assessment conducted regarding the temporary general
arming of Christchurch frontline officers.

You may be aware that, under the Official Information Act 1982, we are
required to respond to your information request within 20 working days.  
This letter is to let you know that as your request requires us to search
through a large amount of information, and consultation is required, we
need to extend the time limit for responding to you (in accordance with
section 15A(1)(a) of the Official Information Act 1982).

 

You can expect a response by 31/05/2019. If you have any questions, you
can contact [email address].

 

Kind regards,

 

Rachel

 

Canterbury OIA Team Leader | File Management Centre | Canterbury District
| New Zealand Police
Canterbury District Headquarters, 40 Lichfield Street, Christchurch
Central, DX WX 10057, Christchurch 8022

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