A top Auckland cop has been stood down from duties for allegedly hiding case files.
The reasons for his actions are unclear. It could’ve been his contribution to lowering reported crime figures, or he could’ve been accepting kick-backs from offenders. Who knows, and we’re unlikely to find out.
Whatever his motivation the NZ public is unlikely to see it called “corruption.” But why is that? because there is a low perception of corruption in New Zealand, and people want it kept that way.
You can read about the case in today’s NZ Herald…
A top Auckland police officer was stood down after allegedly hiding case files in a cupboard behind his desk, stalling several investigations.
The Herald on Sunday can reveal the senior detective was stood down in January but is now back on restricted duties while the investigation continues.
A source confirmed the officer works at Auckland Central Police station and as part of his role allocates case files to other detectives to investigate…
His actions resulted in detectives being unable to investigate cases further. Yet despite that “Auckland City district commander, Superintendent Richard Chambers, was confident victims had not been let down.”
The revelation comes days after police were heavily criticized in an IPCA report into the Roastbusters botch-up.
The Roastbusters was a Facebook group of numerous West Auckland young men engaged in predatory paedophilia of young teenage girls. Two of the group were exposed as having influential parents (a local cop and a well known film actor) and no-one was ever prosecuted.
You can read more about the Roastbusters investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission here
19 March 2015 – An Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today has found a number of significant deficiencies in the original Police investigations into the alleged offending by a group of young men in Auckland who called themselves the ‘Roastbusters’. Public Report (PDF, 601kb). Speech Notes (255kb). Media Statement
The investigation was headed by Judge Carruthers for the Independent Police Complaints Authority..
the authority found investigations into original cases were not “robust and thorough”. “In a number of cases police failed to adhere to the basic tenets of any form of criminal investigation.”
Judge Carruthers also said police failed to undertake adequate follow up enquiries and pursue positive lines of enquiry. He said there was also a lack of record keeping and assessment of evidence during investigations.
The report also found that officers investigating the matters tended to approach each case on a “case by case” basis to consider whether there was sufficient evidence to prosecute offenders for sexual violation. Mr Carruthers said in the authority’s view, the officers should have identified connections between the various cases.
“Victims were let down by their failure to do so,” Judge Carruthers said… read on
You may also be interested in
Today’s story was sent in by a British man who emigrated to Northland as a ‘Brit Cop’ under the NZ First agreement.
Despite having 10 years experience of UK policing he was treated as a probationer by his colleagues, some of whom were so incompetent it reminded him of the TV series Life on Mars – 1970s version.
His tale confirms what many people in New Zealand already suspect – crime statistics are a work of fiction and a criminal underclass has free rein over the country. He also talks about some of the most common problems that migrants encounter in New Zealand – read on…