Information regarding the community roadwatch form

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From: Hugh Davenport

Dear New Zealand Police,

In the last few months, when I have been at the Wellington Central Station submitting 1U Driver Complaint Report forms, the desk staff have insisted that I can "submit these online" and seem hesitant to accept the 1U forms. After questioning, they point me to the community roadwatch form, and say "it goes to the same place". I've been told by numerous sources, including NZ Police that the roadwatch form simply gets a letter sent to the registered owner of the vehicle, and no contact with the driver, and no investigation happens. Whereas the 1U form requires a police investigation, and the driver to be spoken to and warned/fined/convicted. These two approaches appear to have drastically different outcomes.

I would like to request any policy on handling the 1U forms for either NZ Police in general, or for Wellington Central Station in specific, or both depending on whether the policy is a national level or not.

I would like to also request the following for the year 2018:
1) The number of roadwatch submissions for the Wellington region and
a) the number of those submissions that resulted in a letter being sent to the registered owner
b) the number of those submissions that resulted in the actual driver of the vehicle being spoken to by NZ Police
c) the number of those submissions that resulted in the actual driver getting an official warning/infringement/conviction or some other negative outcome for the driver.
2) The number of 1U traffic complaints reported for the Wellington region and
a) same as above
b) same as above
c) same as above

If the two numbers differ, I would like to request why the staff on the desk at Wellington Central Station are stating that they are equivalent, and why they are insisting that people use the roadwatch over the 1U forms. I would also like to know what training is taking place so that the desk staff are adequately informed on the differences and stop telling members of the public that they are the same.

Yours faithfully,

Hugh Davenport

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From: Hugh Davenport

Dear New Zealand Police,

Oh I would also like to add a request for all the differences between the Community Roadwatch and the 1U traffic form in terms of Police processing, investigation, and possible outcomes.

Yours faithfully,

Hugh Davenport

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From: WRIGHT-MCCARTHY, Hannah
New Zealand Police


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Dear Hugh

 

I refer to your request of 14 March 2019 as below, which you added to on
15 March 2019 to include:

 

“Oh I would also like to add a request for all the differences between the
Community Roadwatch and the 1U traffic form in terms of Police processing,
investigation, and possible outcomes.”

 

Your request is being actioned pursuant to the Official Information Act
1982.

 

Ngâ mihi

 

Hannah Wright-McCarthy

Ministerial Services Advisor

Police National Headquarters

 

E [email address]

 

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<[2][New Zealand Police request email]>
From: Hugh Davenport <[3][FOI #9857 email]>
Date: 14/03/2019 02:53PM
Subject: Official Information request - Information regarding the
community roadwatch form

Dear New Zealand Police,
In the last few months, when I have been at the Wellington Central Station
submitting 1U Driver Complaint Report forms, the desk staff have insisted
that I can "submit these online" and seem hesitant to accept the 1U forms.
After questioning, they point me to the community roadwatch form, and say
"it goes to the same place". I've been told by numerous sources, including
NZ Police that the roadwatch form simply gets a letter sent to the
registered owner of the vehicle, and no contact with the driver, and no
 investigation happens. Whereas the 1U form requires a police
investigation, and the driver to be spoken to and warned/fined/convicted.
These two approaches appear to have drastically different outcomes.
I would like to request any policy on handling the 1U forms for either NZ
Police in general, or for Wellington Central Station in specific, or both
depending on whether the policy is a national level or not.
I would like to also request the following for the year 2018:
1) The number of roadwatch submissions for the Wellington region and

a) the number of those submissions that resulted in a letter being sent to
the registered owner
b) the number of those submissions that resulted in the actual driver of
the vehicle being spoken to by NZ Police
c) the number of those submissions that resulted in the actual driver
getting an official warning/infringement/conviction or some other negative
outcome for the driver.

2) The number of 1U traffic complaints reported for the Wellington region
and
a) same as above
b) same as above
c) same as above

If the two numbers differ, I would like to request why the staff on the
desk at Wellington Central Station are stating that they are equivalent,
and why they are insisting that people use the roadwatch over the 1U
forms. I would also like to know what training is taking place so that the
desk staff are adequately informed on the differences and stop telling
members of the public that they are the same.
Yours faithfully,
Hugh Davenport
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From: Hugh Davenport

Dear WRIGHT-MCCARTHY, Hannah,

Just to clarify. The second email adding more to the request was sent on 14th March as well. The exact time (as per the FYI system) was 2019-03-14 14:56:21 +1300. Please ensure that you treat the request from the 14th, not the 15th. It was actually only 4 minutes after the first email, not a day, and nowhere close to midnight.

Yours sincerely,

Hugh Davenport

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From: WRIGHT-MCCARTHY, Hannah
New Zealand Police

Hi Hugh

I have done that.

Thank you for the clarification.

Ngā mihi

Hannah Wright-McCarthy
Ministerial Services Advisor
Police National Headquarters

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From: Hugh Davenport

Dear WRIGHT-MCCARTHY, Hannah,

No worries, thanks for that quick response confirming :)

Yours sincerely,

Hugh Davenport

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