"We have maintained a silence closely resembling stupidity" - Neil Roberts

Until we have legislation adopted into law to ensure fiduciary accountability and transparency in public affairs we will continue to have human rights breached because the existing crown immunity and lack of any independent oversight invites corruption to flourish.

"Question authority, and think for yourself" - Timothy Leary

"We have maintained a silence closely resembling stupidity" - Neil Roberts

"Information is the currency of democracy" - Thomas Jefferson

‎"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever does." - Margaret Mead

"The truth is like a lion, you don't have to defend it. Let it loose, it will defend itself."

"I = m c 2 [squared] where "I" am information" - Timothy Leary

"Ring the bells that still can ring, forget your perfect offering, there's a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in." Leonard Cohen

"The internet is a TV that watches you"

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Deterioration of Police Standards Plagues New Zealand Force

Headlines in the Wairarapa Times-Age on May 19th and 20th 2010 read:


          Top Cop: I have no reason to resign

Police in the Wairarapa are corrupt from the top down, and huge amounts of money are wasted every day covering up corruption and incompetence while they cry our for more "resources".  Gary McPhee petitioned for a glorified tea lady at Carterton police station, Acacia Simpson, the little friend of Constable Cunningham, because Cunningham and McPhee said all victims of crime need is a shoulder to cry on and a cup of tea.  Tell that to all the victims of child abuse.  Police conspire with the media to further abuse victims and trumpet the virtue of the offenders, and making out that the offenders are the victims.

Here is an interesting article I just discovered hidden away on Kiwisfirst site (link below):

By Vince Seimer, MBA - on Kiwisfirst NZ's Top Independent News Website - 10 March 2008 

Less than a generation ago the New Zealand Police endeavoured to increase the quality of its ranks by recruiting more educated and morally conscious constables.  The impetus in thought was that moral and educated cops make moral and educated decisions.  The consequent recruit-marketing stressed honour, as well as pride in accomplishment.

The big problem with this plan was emphasizing the role of Police in promoting and maintaining a civilised and just society actually had new cadets believing this would be their objective.  Within a few years resultant friction developed within the organization as the idealistic crop of new cops began resisting unlawful orders from superiors and, in some cases, set about exposing their fellow cops and superiors for unlawful misconduct.  As a result, the New Zealand Police found itself in the throes of a significant morale problem.

We all want to believe that good conquers evil and that the new cops won the battle.  Unfortunately, the new cops did not have the power.  They were doomed.  Many resigned.  Others parked their ideals at the Station door and considered their job as merely the means toward a paycheque to fund life's more pleasurable purposes.
Fast track to the 21st century in New Zealand.

The year of Our Lord 2006 found the Police in the heat of a major new recruitment drive.  New Zealand First leader Winston Peters had used his influence as a coalition partner the Labour Party needed for a ruling majority after the 2005 election to negotiate an increase in existing corps numbers.  Cops from afar as England and South Africa were enticed as part of the world-wide recruiting, with the promise of a more laid-back lifestyle and more personally-rewarding beat.

Learning the lessons of 1990, the Police no longer sought to recruit educated and morally conscious recruits.  The marketing focus was now on being part of a team and being able to share with their mates over a beer all the intimate details of what a cop's daily life is like in New Zealand.  "Need Better Work Stories?" was the brilliant, brain-storming marketing ploy.  Certainly this would prove a winning formula.  Good work stories are not typically borne of 'honour' in a country where the public are largely law-abiding and the daily routine of a civilised people is considered mundane.  The new Police message would attract those individuals desperately wanting to experience the seemly part of life.

The result was the New Zealand Police made a conscious decision in 2006 to appeal to people of low self-esteem who have nothing better to do with their lives than tell stories about what happens in other people's lives.  The intrigue of now being able to tell what colour underwear a rape and murder victim was wearing when her body was found on the side of the road and how much sperm was found on her body was now being sanctioned as accepted practice within the New Zealand Police (Yes - you should be appalled by the telling of this Police work story).  Teamwork would prevail.  It was well-known that sharing work stories creates a certain camaraderie among the troops.  Hermann Goering built the entire Nazi Police force around such esprit de corps.  No longer would the Police of New Zealand have to concern themselves with new cops who were driven to protect the rule of law and expose corruption.  Better work stories could only be obtained in the gutter of life.  The message was clear.  Gossip was the new Coke.  The future of the 'Force' would be assured through the sworn allegiance of committed vagabonds.  

The important question yet to be answered in all this is how average law-abiding New Zealand Citizens will be forever changed by this fundamental shift in our national psyche.  Perhaps this would be less of a concern if the national news media were reporting the situation.  But they are not.  Think about it.  In the last year alone, scores of New Zealand Citizens have been targeted by the Police as terrorists and the public are additionally oblivious to the fact that, every day in New Zealand, a dozen search warrants are being executed on a hope and prayer that the Police will find something - anything - of value.  The New Zealand Courts have already ruled that a Police roadblock and search can result in an unrelated charge for items found in the search.

Of course, the honest folk have nothing to fear.  As law-abiding citizens, the vast majority take comfort that - no matter what the Police stop and search us for - we have nothing to hide.  Until we get stopped a couple times without provocation we tend to think nothing of it.  Many New Zealanders who initially felt this way have already paid a tremendous price.  Like citizens of pre-World War II Germany, we simply do not hear about these cases.  Moreover, we are led to believe that questioning our police force and Courts is an affront to our national pride.

The simple truth is that when Police looking for work stories know they have power over everyone else, they tend to exercise their wrath over people who they consider do not talk nice enough to them.  Lord Acton noted more than a hundred years ago "Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely".  If history has taught us nothing else it is that liberties are hard earned and easily lost.

Do we want a Police force whose paramount goal is to obtain better work stories?  These posters are all over town and on TV without any media questioning the troubling message.  But as we plan our weekends at the beach, Police ranks are filling and one thing is certain.  In the end, we will get nothing more than the Police force we demand.

- By Vince Seimer, MBA, on Kiwisfist - New Zealand's top Independent News Site, bringing us the real news, for free, for freedom.

Now compare the damning IPCA report into systemic dysfunction and failure within the NZ Police regarding the huge backlog of uninvestigated child abuse cases, with the glowing picture of denial painted by the police themselves, the IPCA tells us things are black, and the Police issue a media release saying "Oh no, we are whiter than white."  

Other examples of this conspiracy with corrupt local journalists to spread blatant propaganda can be found at this link.

Area Commander Jack Johnston arrogantly gets to trumpet across the front page of the Wairarapa Times-Age that he is not going to resign following the damning report - just like that arrogant bully Gary McPhee gets to boast about his drunken home invasion and spread slander about his victims (Wairarapa Times Age 25 May 2005).

The insidious, corrupt, manipulative, politically motivated tactics of the Wairarapa police are also evidenced in the utterly damning front page article in the Dominion Post (October 2008) in which Johnston boasts that he arrogantly ignores the Privacy Act and makes the files ol individuals like me available to anyone who wants to see them.  I've been told by a number of people that the police showed them my file, including the lying principal of the South End School.  Police got carried away and told him, and a lot of other people, that they had recently charged my with an offence involving a child - a nasty despicable deliberate lie!  I was sacked from my job at the school because of the lie, but people who kill their own sons by forcing them to drink a yard glass of beer are considered fit and proper people to care for other people's kids at the other school where I was also sacked from for writing a note saying a girl's room was tidy after two phone calls to the principal from local police - that's a sackable offence in the Wairarapa apparently, while this culture of abusing alcohol is considered normal.  The people of the Wairarapa need to join the dots before it's too late.

It's time people stand up and demand that Police Area Commander Johnston be stripped of rank, and superannuation and bonuses, and his pay stopped immediately, and he be sacked in disgrace and forced to get his greedy, dishonest, corrupt snout out of the trough and try and get a real job.  Michael Hill might need another "sales professional" - like Beyer, Johnston's good at selling himself.  Oh, he might get a job as a lawyer, like good old Clint Rickard, or a slimy amicus curiae like Bryan Yeoman.

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